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New Book: The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman by Brown

Sometimes the seemingly spammy messages I get from Amazon, offer real gems. The latest missive I received from Amazon mentions a new book, that seems just up my alley, and the alley of some of the folks I know. Obviously I haven't read it yet, so I can make no claims as to the book itself, but now I'm curious to get my hands on this book.



Nancy Marie Brown's The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman

It officially releases October 9th.

And here's the book description from Amazon's site:

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 sagas suggested 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, 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.

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