The Vinland Sagas: The Norse Discovery of America

Kobo ebook | September 27, 1973

byHermann Palsson, Magnus Magnusson, PENGUIN GROUP (UK)

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One of the most arresting stories in the history of exploration, these two Icelandic sagas tell of the discovery of America by Norsemen five centuries before Christopher Columbus. Together, the direct, forceful twelfth-century Graenlendinga Saga and the more polished and scholarly Eirik's Saga, written some hundred years later, recount how Eirik the Red founded an Icelandic colony in Greenland and how his son, Leif the Lucky, later sailed south to explore - and if possible exploit - the chance discovery by Bjarni Herjolfsson of an unknown land. In spare and vigorous prose they record Europe's first surprise glimpse of the eastern shores of the North American continent and the natives who inhabited them.

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One of the most arresting stories in the history of exploration, these two Icelandic sagas tell of the discovery of America by Norsemen five centuries before Christopher Columbus. Together, the direct, forceful twelfth-century Graenlendinga Saga and the more polished and scholarly Eirik's Saga, written some hundred years later, recount...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:September 27, 1973Publisher:Penguin Books LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0141906987

ISBN - 13:9780141906980

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comprehensive study A comprehensive introduction to the two Vinland Sagas: the Graenlenginga Saga and Erik's Saga, as well as updated archelogical information. Well organized. Well presented.
Date published: 2011-08-15