The Frozen Echo: Greenland and the Exploration of North America, Ca. A.D. 1000-1500

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Stanford University Press, 1997 - History - 407 pages
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It is now generally accepted that Leif Eiriksson sailed from Greenland across the Davis Strait and made landfalls on the North American continent almost a thousand years ago, but what happened in this vast area during the next five hundred years has long been a source of disagreement among scholars. Using new archaeological, scientific, and documentary information (much of it in Scandinavian languages that are a bar to most Western historians), this book confronts many of the unanswered questions about early exploration and colonization along the shores of the Davis Strait. The author brings together two distinct but tangential fields of inquiry: the history of medieval Greenland and its connection with the Norse discovery of North America, and fifteenth-century British maritime history and pre-colonial voyages to North America, including that of John Cabot.
  

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User Review  - groovykinda - LibraryThing

Pretty much everything we know about the European Greenlanders. What an incredible story. Whether or not you agree with her conclusions, you'll still learn a lot. Read this before you read Jared Diamond's "Collapse." Read full review

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User Review  - AlexTheHunn - LibraryThing

In The Frozen Echo, Kristen A. Seaver presents an impressive examina-tion of Greenlandís early colonies of Norsemen with the goal of explaining their eventual disappearance. In particular, Seaver ... Read full review

Contents

North Atlantic
14
Two Social and Economic Conditions in Norse
44
Three Church and Trade in Norse Greenland
61
Four Ivar Bardarsons Greenland
91
Five The Western Settlement Comes
113
Six Rumors of Trouble in the Eastern
139
Seven England and the Norwegian Colonies
159
Eight Sailing out of the Middle Ages
192
Nine Greenland 14501500
225
Ten The Age of Discovery
254
Notes
331
Works Cited
377
Index
393
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Kirsten A. Seaver is the translator of the nineteenth-century Norwegian novel The district Governor's Daughter, by Camilla Collett, and the author of a novel, Gudrids saga, that grew out of her research for The Frozen Echo.

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