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The Northmen, Columbus and Cabot, 985-1503

Original Narratives of Early American History

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1906
Language: English
Wordcount: 165,898 / 480 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 47.6
LoC Category: D
Downloads: 729
Added to site: 2006.06.14
mnybks.net#: 13792
Genre: History
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EATH OF COLUMBUS 418


ORIGINAL NARRATIVES OF THE VOYAGES OF THE NORTHMEN


INTRODUCTION

The important documents from Norse sources that may be classed as "Original Narratives of Early American History" are the Icelandic sagas (prose narratives) that tell of the voyages of Northmen to Vinland. There are two sagas that deal mainly with these voyages, while in other Icelandic sagas and annals there are a number of references to Vinland and adjacent regions. These two sagas are the "Saga of Eric the Red" and another, which, for the lack of a better name, we may call the "Vinland History of the Flat Island Book," but which might well bear the same name as the other. This last history is composed of two disjointed accounts found in a fine vellum manuscript known as the Flat Island Book (Flateyjar-bok), so-called because it was long owned by a family that lived on Flat Island in Broad Firth, on the northwestern coast of Iceland. Bishop Brynjolf, an enthusiastic collector, got possession o

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