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The Norse Atlantic Saga: Being the Norse Voyages of Discovery and Settlement to Iceland, Greenland, and North America Paperback – July 31, 1986


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; New edition (July 31, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192851608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192851604
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #849,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Holly Ingraham on February 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
An excellent book for anyone interested in the Norse explorations of the North Atlantic: Iceland, Greenland, and Vinland. Jones not only gives a good history, still relevant despite the 1964 copyright, but gives the latter half of the book over to English translations of the original sources: The Book of the Icelanders, The Book of the Settlements, The Greenlanders' Saga, Eirik the Red's Saga, Karlsefni's Voyage to Vinland, and The Story of Einar Sokkason.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lee Madland on July 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
An excellent summary, well told, of what is known about Norse discovery, settlement and developments in Iceland, Greenland, and their farthest overseas reach, North America. Although no one has "the" definitive answers to the mystery of just how, why and exactly when the Norse Greenlanders' Eastern Settlement (really southern) disappeared after enduring for 500 years, Jones examines most of the likely possibilities with discernment in sorting them out. The last definite word we have from Norse Greenland was in 1410 when a group of Icelandic visitors left to return to Iceland after a four-year stay, including a young Greenland woman recently married to one of them. There was little hint of Greenlanders' society being in any threatening decline at that point: although life was not easy, that was nothing new. The best evidence indicates that the last of Greenland's Norse held on at least until the end of the 1400s and more likely well into the 1500s. Theories abound about causes: most propose a combination of factors, but we don't really know.

Yes, we do have reports of some violent incidents between Norse and groups of "skraelings" (the Inuit or so-called Eskimo) who had not appeared as far south as the Norse areas until well into the 1300s after more than three centuries of sole Norse settlement there. But there are also reports and evidence of both trade and other friendly and even sheltering contacts. The contacts were limited and infrequent with little or no territorial conflict involved, the Norse living mostly along the inner fjords where there was pasture for their flocks, and the Inuit on the outer coasts where sea hunting was much better.
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