The Conquest of the North Atlantic
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The early voyages into the deep waters of the Atlantic rank among the greatest feats of exploration. In fragile vessels, Irish monks sought the solitude of desolate islands; the Vikings who followed them reached Iceland, Greenland and even North America. This book charts their achievements not just historically, but from the viewpoint of a practical sailor. It assesses the challenges they faced, and addresses the biggest question of all: how, without compass or quadrant, did they do it? Slightly off-mint.