The Vinland Sagas
Publisher : Penguin UK
Release Date : 1973-09-27
ISBN 13 : 0141906987
Total Pages : 128 pages
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Download or read book The Vinland Sagas written by and published by Penguin UK. This book was released on 1973-09-27 with total page 128 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 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.