The Vikings: Discoverers of a New World

The Vikings: Discoverers of a New World

by Robert Wernick
     
 
Perhaps the most legendary of the Vikings, Erik the Red founded a settlement in Greenland that would survive for nearly five centuries. His son Leif burned with the same desire to reach westward beyond their Scandinavian homeland. That hungering took him to the apogee of Norse explorations: America, which Christopher Columbus was not to encounter for another half

Overview

Perhaps the most legendary of the Vikings, Erik the Red founded a settlement in Greenland that would survive for nearly five centuries. His son Leif burned with the same desire to reach westward beyond their Scandinavian homeland. That hungering took him to the apogee of Norse explorations: America, which Christopher Columbus was not to encounter for another half millennium. Step by step - from Norway to the Faroes to Iceland to Greenland, and, finally, to America - the Vikings traversed the North Atlantic, a perilous journey of more than 3,000 miles, entrusting their lives to their seamanship and the sturdiness of their ships. Here, in this short-form book, is the story of where the Vikings went, how long they stayed, what they did, and the surprising reason why they left.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016702209
Publisher:
New Word City, Inc.
Publication date:
02/24/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,260,318
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Salvador Dali once called him the stupidest man in the world; Cary Grant described him as the smartest. New York Times bestselling author Robert Wernick is certainly talented. He has penned more than a dozen books and has contributed to a host of magazines, ranging from Life to Vanity Fair to Life. His topics are as varied as the birth of town planning in the Mesolithic Age to a soul-baring Ferris-wheel ride with Marilyn Monroe to a climb up Mount Sinai. He has made his home in Manhattan, Algiers, a ranch in the Nevada desert, San Francisco, the Basque coast, the Golden Isles of Georgia, and, most recently, the Fourteenth Arrondissement of Paris.

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