The Far Traveler

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The Far Traveler

Voyages of a Viking Woman

By Nancy Marie Brown

Harvest Books, Paperback, 9780156033978, 306pp.

Publication Date: October 6, 2008

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.

About the Author
Nancy Marie Brown is the author of highly praised books of nonfiction, including "The Abacus and the Cross "and "The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman". She has studied Icelandic literature and culture since 1978. Formerly the editor of the award-winning magazine "Research/Penn State ", Brown lives in Vermont, where she keeps four Icelandic horses and an Icelandic sheepdog.

Praise For The Far Traveler

PRAISE FOR THE FAR TRAVELER "[A] snappily written biography . . . In surprising flashes, Gudrid comes into focus. Brown pursues Gudrid out of admiration for a woman bold and wise. I eagerly pursued this book, which is as much about Brown's adventures as Gudrid's, for the very same reasons."The New York Times Book Reivew

 "Brown's enthusiasm is infectious as she re-teaches us our history."The Boston Globe