The Last Vikings [Paperback]

Kirsten A. Seaver (Author)

ISBN: 9781350143364 | Published by: Bloomsbury | Year of Publication: 2019 | Language: English

The Last Vikings


Saddled with a bit of a misleading title, this is actually a well researched general history of the Norse colonisation of Greenland. Combining archaeology with the sagas, and meagre mentions in other European sources, Kirsten Seaver looks at the exploration westward attributed to Eirik the Red and Leif Eirikson, and the colonies and trading posts which were established. Social structure and relations with Europe are also examined, and there is an interesting and sensible speculative discussion as to the reasons behind the colony's late medieval disappearance. An epilogue debunks some of the myths surrounding Viking North America.

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