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The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman by [Nancy  Marie Brown]

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While most medieval women didn't stray far from home, the Viking Gudrid (985–1050) probably crossed the North Atlantic eight times, according to Brown. Rather than just a passenger, Gudrid may have been the explorer on North American expeditions with two different husbands (one was the brother of Leif Ericson, who discovered America 500 years before Columbus). Brown (A Good Horse Has No Color) catches glimpses of Gudrid in the medieval Icelandic sagas which recount that her father, a chieftain with money problems, refused to wed Gudrid to a rich but slave-born merchant; instead he swapped their farm for a ship and a new life in Greenland. Specifics about her life are sparse, so Brown, following in Gudrid's footsteps, explores the archeology of her era, including the splendid burial ships of Viking queens; the remains of Gudrid's longhouse in a northern Icelandic hayfield; the economy of the farms where she lived; and the technology of her time, including shipbuilding, spinning wool and dairying. But the plucky and adaptable Gudrid remains mysterious, so this impressively researched account will interest serious students of Icelandic archeology, literature and women's history more than the general reader. Map. (Oct.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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PRAISE FOR A GOOD HORSE HAS NO COLOR

"The best journeys go two ways: out, into the unknown, and in, to what we might have known all along. Nancy Marie Brown's absorbing tale of looking for horses in Iceland is that kind of odyssey. Like the ancient legends she recounts, hers is rich and transporting, a true saga."--Melissa Holbrook Pierson, author of Dark Horses and Black Beauties
 
"This is a wonderful book, a can't-put-down read about loss and healing, joy and discovery."--Jeanne Mackin, author of The Sweet By and By
 
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • ASIN : B00A8NARH0
  • Publisher : Mariner Books; First edition (October 6, 2008)
  • Publication date : October 6, 2008
  • Language : English
  • File size : 1718 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 285 pages
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 109 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars A well-researched history of the travels of an 11th century Icelandic woman
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