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Vikings and Explorers
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The History of the Vikings by Sir Thomas D. (T.D.) Kendricks
This enthralling, well-documented and vivid account chronicles the activities of those bold sailors of the North who terrorized Europe from the 8th to the 11th centuries. Invaluable to scholars and students of Nordic history, this dramatic narrative takes readers from the White Sea in the Arctic to Africa's Moroccan Coast, and from Viking operations in Russia, England and Ireland to daring exploits in Iceland, Greenland, and America.
Sir Thomas D. Kendrick —archeologist, art historian and director of the British Museum — wrote this remarkable history of Viking travels, adventures and commerce, the most complete study of the Viking phenomenon. This book — supplemented with 12 plates plus 40 black-and-white illustrations — is an unabridged republication of Kendrick's 1930 edition. The subject is enormous, but in Kendrick's hands it "becomes absorbing drama."
V2 - 06 Paperback $18.95
Farthest North: The Epic Adventure of a Visionary Explorer by Fridtjof Nansen
National Geographic calls this "One of the 100 greatest adventure books of all time."
Nansen, Norway's earliest and perhaps most famous explorer, wrote this massive journal in a two-book format in 1897, and subtitled it: "The record of a (three year) voyage of exploration...and of a 15-month sleigh journey." Nansen's journal was published in many languages, but translated versions have been unavailable for years. This new 528 page book, containing 120 illustrations and maps, details a true high-adventure saga.
Departing in 1893 with a small crew on the schooner, "Fram", the total journey took more than three years. After a year, it became apparent the ship wouldn't make it to the North Pole so Nansen and one other crew member set out on foot with three sleds, two kayaks and 29 dogs. Several years later, after they had been proclaimed dead, the two showed up in Norway.
In addition to being a scientist and an explorer, Nansen was also a diplomat and received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1922 for his work with the League of Nations.
EXP-01 Paperback $17.95
Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific by Raft by Thor Heyerdahl
Thor Heyerdahl, world-renowned explorer and archaeologist, inherited the Scandinavian trait for adventure that coursed through the veins of the earliest Vikings and was passed down to famous Norwegian discoverers such as Leif Ericsson, Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amundson. This same wanderlust and sense of adventure was found in the brave immigrants — many of them ancestors of Rural Route Bookstore's customers — who sought a new life in America. Perhaps, Heyerdahl — born in Larvik in 1914 just after the last wave of immigration — also found some inspiration in those who emigrated from Norway.
Kon Tiki documents the 1947 voyage of Heyerdahl and five companions from Peru to Polynesia in a self-built raft made of balsawood. The purpose of this expedition was to prove Heyerdahl's theory that the Polynesian Islands were populated from the east rather than from Asia in the west, as had been the theory for hundreds of years. After his dangerous voyage, the scientific and academic community slowly came to acknowledge that, because of Heyerdahl's work, long-taught theories about human settlement patterns had to be revised.
The Kon Tiki Museum, just outside Oslo, is a popular site for visitors, students, and scientists. Heyerdahl, who was best known for his explorations that tested the theories of human migration, ultimately changed the way history was taught.
Heyerdahl, who died in 1997,Although the Kon Tiki voyage was only one of Heyerdahl's massive expeditions, it was perhaps his most famous. Many editions of this story have been printed since the first publication in 1950. The book, called "the most absorbing sea tale of our time," has been published in 70 languages and was made into a full-feature movie. This particular edition was published in 2010 by Skyhorse Publishing, and the Atlantic calls it "an astonishing adventure for readers of any age." The words may be difficult for younger readers on their own, but they would find the story captivating if an adult would read it to them.
also left a rich legacy related to worldwide environmental preservation.
EXP - 02 Paperback $12.95
Bold Spirit: Helga Estby's Forgotten Walk across Victorian
The Vikings, Roald Amundson, Fridtjof Nansen, Thor Heyerdal ...Norwegians whose names evoke a spirit of exploration and adventure. Add a new name, Helga Estby. Helga went through many of the hardships experienced by Scandinavian immigrants — adventurers in their own right — but Helga went a few steps more, 3500 miles more . . . on foot.
an offer from a mysterious sponsor, Helga was promised $10,000 — money
could prevent foreclosure and save the family homestead — if
could walk to
Spirit was written by Linda Lawrence Hunt, Associate Professor of