The Conquest of the North Atlantic

The Conquest of the North Atlantic

G. J. Marcus

Paperback
$24.95

Boydell Press

Overview

Overview

The story of how the fearsome Atlantic Ocean was explored by early sailors, including the Vikings, whose brilliant navigation matched their bravery.
The early voyages into the deep waters of the Atlantic rank among the greatest feats of exploration. In tiny, fragile vessels the Irish monks searched for desolate places in the ocean in which to pursue their vocation; their successors, the Vikings, with their superb ship-building skills, created fast, sea-worthy craft which took them far out into the unknown, until they finally reached Greenland and America.
G.J. Marcus looks at the history of these expeditions not only as a historian, but also as a practical sailor. Besides the problem of what these early explorers actually achieved, he poses the even more fascinating question of how they did it, without compass, quadrant, or astrolabe. From the opening descriptions of the launching of a curach on the Aran Islands, through the great pages of the Norse Sagas describing the first recorded sighting of America, the author brilliantly conveys the excitement and danger of the conquest of the North Atlantic in a narrative that is based equally on scholarly research and sound seamanship.
G.J. MARCUS's previous books include The Maiden Voyage, on the sinking of the Titanic.

Details

June 2007
19 black and white illustrations
310 pages
21.7x13.8 cm
ISBN: 9781843833161
Format: Paperback
Boydell Press
BIC HBLL
BISAC HIS037030
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Reviews

A classic study whose reprinting is to be warmly welcomed. THE NORTHERN MARINER

A wide-ranging, thorough and detailed study of the evidence for the colonisation of the Faeroes, Iceland, Greenland and, naturally, the Norse voyages to America. MARINER'S MIRROR