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The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Womanby Nancy Marie Brown
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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 Gudrids story were true. Then, in 2001, a team of scientists discovered what may have been this pioneering womans last house, buried under a hay field in Iceland, just where the sagas suggested it could be.
Joining scientists experimenting with cutting-edge technology and the latest archaeological techniques, and tracing Gudrids steps on land and in the sagas, Nancy Marie Brown reconstructs a life that spanned—and expanded—the bounds of the then-known world. She 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.
About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
a note on the language xiii
prologue Gudrid the Far-Traveler 1
chapter 1 At Sea 11
chapter 2 Ransacking the Past 30
chapter 3 A Very Stirring Woman 55
chapter 4 The Terror from the North 78
chapter 5 The Land-Taking 103
chapter 6 Eirik the Reds Green Land 135
chapter 7 Land of Wine or Walrus 162
chapter 8 The House of the Sagas 193
chapter 9 The Farm of Merry Noise 217
chapter 10 From Witch to Nun 237
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