The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman

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HMH, Oct 6, 2008 - History - 320 pages
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The remarkable story of Gudrid, the female explorer who sailed from Iceland to the New World a millennium ago.
Five hundred years before Columbus, a Viking woman named Gudrid sailed off the edge of the known world. She landed in the New World and lived there for three years, giving birth to a baby before sailing home. Or so the Icelandic sagas say. Even after archaeologists found a Viking longhouse in Newfoundland, no one believed that the details of Gudrid’s story were true.
Then, in 2001, a team of scientists discovered what may have been this pioneering woman’s last house, buried under a hay field in Iceland, just where the epic tales suggest it could be.
Joining scientists experimenting with cutting-edge technology and the latest archaeological techniques, and tracing Gudrid’s steps on land and in the sagas, The Far Traveler reconstructs a life that spanned—and expanded—the bounds of the then-known world. It also sheds new light on the society that gave rise to a woman even more extraordinary than legend has painted her, and illuminates the reasons for its collapse.

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This book is bizarre in that the premise is good, the writing is good, but it took me nearly six months to finish which should have been a few days, maybe a week of solid reading. The Far Traveler ... Read full review

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User Review  - nmele - LibraryThing

This book is great reading and very informative for anyone interested in the medieval world, Vikings, the settlements of Iceland and Greenland by the Vikings, early Viking voyages to North America and ... Read full review


PROLOGUE Qudrid the farTraveler
1 At Sea
2 Ransacking the Past
3 A Very Stirring Woman
4 The Terror from the North
5 The LandTaking
6 Eirik the Reds Green Land
7 Land of Wine or Walrus
8 The House of the Sagas
9 The Farm of Merry Noise
10 From Witch to Nun
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Nancy Marie Brown is the author of A Good Horse Has No Color and Mendel in the Kitchen. She lives in Vermont with her husband, the writer Charles Fergus.

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