Author: Clark, Victoria
Country: New York
Year Published: 2003
No. of pages: 459
Illustrations: 10 Color Illustrations. 3 B&W Illustrations.
Binding: Clothbound with Jacket
Size: 9 1/2”x 6 1/2”
Biblio/Bio: Index. Bibl.
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, whereupon his Icelandic countrymen mocked him as a homosexual and outlawed him. Thorvald abandoned his homeland and embarked on an epic journey to Jerusalem. 1000 years later, Victoria Clark embarked on the same journey to see how the dramatic changes and conflicts sweeping Western Europe a millennium ago still resonate today. She illuminates influential 11th-century characters - emperors of Christendom, abbots, saints, princesses, crusaders - who form links in a historical chain, while 21st-century people Clark encounter as she travels through Iceland, Central and Western Europe, Balkans, Turkey, and the Middle East cast fresh light on both worlds. A section of color pages reproduces medieval artworks.