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Seller: ancientgifts (4,186) 99.3%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 381738982453 TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Your browser does not support JavaScript. To view this page, enable JavaScript if it is disabled or upgrade your browser. Click here to see 1,000 archaeology/ancient history books and 2,000 ancient artifacts, antique gemstones, antique jewelry! The Far-Farers: A Journey from Viking Iceland to Crusader Jerusalem by Victoria Clark. DESCRIPTION: Hardback with Dust Jacket: 459 pages. Publisher: Walker & Company; (2003).Just before the year 1000, a young Viking named Thorvald turned his back on the pagan gods of his fathers to preach the Christian gospel. But his Icelandic countrymen mocked and outlawed him. Abandoning his homeland, Thorvald embarked on an epic journey to the heart of all medieval world maps, Jerusalem. A thousand years later, Victoria Clark embarked on the same journey to discover to what extent the dramatic changes and conflicts sweeping Western Europe a millennium ago still resonate today. The Far-Farers is both the story of this twenty-first-century journey and a history of eleventh-century western Christendom. In this remarkable book Clark illuminates a group of influential eleventh-century characters; Thorvald, emperors of eastern and western Christendom, abbots, saints, princesses, and Crusaders, who form links in a historical chain extending down the century and all the way from Iceland to the Holy Land. Western Europe was struggling to unite then, expanding rapidly and changing utterly. Warfare, peacekeeping, multinational monasticism, institutional power struggles, mass pilgrim travel, and rising religious fundamentalism were a few salient characteristics of this world-a world more like our own than we might imagine. The twenty-first-century people Clark encountered as she traveled through Iceland, central and Western Europe, the Balkans, Turkey, and the Middle East cast fresh light on both worlds. In the ancient capital of Poland, a young Catholic priest scorns the idea of Europe uniting in the name of human rights instead of Christ. At the Crusader stronghold of Krak les Chevaliers, a Syrian playboy highlights the deep and widening gulf between the West and Islam. A richly evocative and beautifully written work, "The Far-Farers" is neither conventional history nor travel, but a powerful and authoritative demonstration of our enduring connection with the distant past. CONDITION: Shelf wear to Dust Jacket, otherwise in Great Like New, never read condition. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: Victoria Clark is an award-winning journalist who worked for "The Observer" in Romania, in the former Yugoslavia during the wars in Croatia and Bosnia, and in Moscow. She is the author of "Why Angels Fall", a portrait of Eastern Orthodoxy in Europe. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: Shortly before the year 1000, a young Viking convert to Christianity named Thorvald set sail on a journey to Jerusalem from his native Iceland. Almost 1000 years later, Clark set out to retrace Thorvald's steps and to assess the changes that had occurred between Thorvald's trip at the end of the first millennium and her own at the brink of the third millennium. She found some surprising similarities. Then, as now, Europe was struggling to unite and coping with conflicts fueled by religious differences. The text works best as a well-researched history of 11th-century Europe and the spread of Christianity. Clark's descriptions of the places she visits and the people she meets are more reportage (she spent several years as a journalist in Eastern Europe) than travel writing. The research and extensive bibliography make this of interest to academia and serious enthusiasts of medieval, European or religious history. REVIEW: Victoria Clark's "The Far-Farers" is a journey through time and space. As she follows in the footsteps of Thorvald the Far-Farer, an Icelandic Viking convert to Christianity who made an epic pilgrimage from his native land to Jerusalem, she also recalls the 11th-century world of social change and religious conflict in which he lived. Clark writes better as an historian than as a travel writer. Her central contention that events in 1000 A.D. laid the essential groundwork for the rest of the millennium may be arguable, but her thumbnail sketches of popes, kings, scholars and holy warriors are vivid and convincing, and she moves briskly through a century that began with a German emperor and a pope peacefully cooperating in the task of uniting Christendom and ended in the bitter fighting of the First Crusade. As it moves smoothly between past and present, it provides an enjoyable revelation of the parallels between the two. REVIEW: In the late 10th century, a Viking convert to Christianity was banished by his fellow Icelanders and made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Though perhaps not the best known of Viking sagas, the story of Thorvald the Far-Farer has survived to the present day and inspired British journalist Clark to retrace Thorvald's transcontinental journey. But Clark is interested in Thorvald's tale not for its own sake but for its place in the broader context of Christianity circa A.D. 1000, a time which, she assures readers, "set the western world's course" for the millennium that followed. Thorvald soon falls by the wayside, replaced by an assortment of emperors, kings and popes-and Clark's own, much more banal, modern misadventures. Unwavering assumptions about the "tragic shortcomings of organized religion" color her perspectives, and her journey does little more than confirm her antagonistic attitudes; the survival of the ancient practice of plenary indulgence (in which Catholics essentially barter to obtain a state of grace) particularly riles her, and she relishes confronting priests about it. Clark is familiar with the schisms between the Western and Eastern Christian churches (her previous book, "Why Angels Fall", was about Eastern Orthodoxy. A brilliant blend of medieval history and reportage that draws the reader not only into passing curiosities, but also into the deeper questions of Europe's last millennium. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: An examination of Western Europe in the 11th century. The author retraces the journey made by a young Viking named Thorvald just before the year 1000 from Iceland to Christian Jerusalem, attempting to discover "to what extent the dramatic changes and conflicts sweeping Western Europe a millennium ago still resonate today". Conveying the excitement of transcontinental journeys, both ancient and modern. The juxtaposition of the eleventh century with today makes the book a compelling read. In this way, as Clark shrewdly shows us, the past is always with us. REVIEW: A Journey from Viking Iceland to Crusader Jerusalem. Just before the year1000 a young Viking named Thorvald the Far-farer turned his back on the pagan gods of his fathers to preach the Christian gospel, traveling to Jerusalem, the golden heart of all medieval world maps. A thousand years later Victoria Clark retraces his epic voyage. I read every word of it, and then went back over some of the chapters and read them again for sheer pleasure. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. The charge for this particular book reflects the actual USPS rates for Media Mail and a small charge for materials. Domestic rates include USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site). If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, I will combine multiple purchases at a greatly discounted rate. 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