People of the Songtrail

People of the Songtrail

Book - 2015
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"On the shores of the sparsely populated American wilderness, a small group of intrepid settlers have landed, seeking freedom to worship and prosper far from the religious strife and political upheaval that plague a war-ridden Europe... 500 years before Columbus set sail. While it has long been known that Viking ships explored the American coast, recent archaeological evidence suggests a far more vast and permanent settlement. It is from this evidence that archaeologists and early American history experts Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear weave their extraordinary tale. People of the Songtrail is the saga of the first European settlers to land on the shores of the New World. It is a story, like so many in America's history, of the swift and violent clash of cultures, and of extraordinary men and women on both sides who were brave enough to work for the fragile hope of peace. A story that has remained untold, until now"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Tor, a Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2015
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780765337252
0765337258
Branch Call Number: F GEAR-W
Characteristics: 349 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Gear, Kathleen O'Neal
Alternative Title: People of the song trail

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ChristchurchLib Jun 23, 2016

This latest novel by the Gears, the popular husband-and-wife team of archaeologist-authors, focuses on the Norse colonisation of the Americas. In the year 1000 CE, Vikings arrive in what is now Northeastern Canada and establish a settlement, setting the stage for violent clashes with the "skrælings," the newcomers' term for the indigenous people of the region. Although People of the Songtrail is the 10th book in the First North Americans series, this novel easily stands on its own with its strong sense of place, well-researched historical details, and vivid rendering of cross-cultural conflict.

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