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Today I’m on the ‘Clement: The Green Ship’ blogtour, organized by The Coffee Pot Book Club.
To promote this book I have a guest post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.
About the Author :
Craig R. Hipkins grew up in Hubbardston Massachusetts. He is the author of medieval and gothic fiction. His novel, Adalbert is the sequel to Astrolabe written by his late twin brother Jay S. Hipkins (1968-2018)
He is an avid long-distance runner and enjoys astronomy in his spare time.
Book Title: Clement: The Green Ship
Series: Clement, Book 2
Author: Craig R. Hipkins
Publication Date: June 02, 2021
Publisher: Hipkins Twins
Page Length: 313
Genre: Historical Fiction / Young Adult 12+
Normandy. The year 1161. King Henry ll sends the 14-year-old Clement, Count of la Haye on a secret mission. The young count and his friends travel in the wake of the mysterious mariner known as Sir Humphrey Rochford. Their destination? The legendary land of Vinland, known only from the Norse sagas. The journey is full of adventure and intrigue. Clement battles with a tyrannical Irish king and then finds his vessel attacked by a massive monster from the deep. The Green Ship sails to the sparse and barren land of Greenland where more trouble awaits.
Guest Post :
Vinland: A Land of Mystery
Sometime around the year 1000, Leif Erikson set sail from Greenland to find new lands to the west. He first encountered a barren land described as, rocky and of little use. He called this land Helluland. He then returned to the sea and within a few days found another land which the sagas tell us was flat and forested with many beaches of white sand. Leif called this land, Markland. Setting sail once again, Leif sailed south and encountered a land where the days and nights were more equal in length than they were in Greenland. His men built houses and explored the countryside. It was here where they found grapes and vines. He called this land, Vinland.
The exact location of Vinland has been the subject of controversy for centuries. In recent times it has been suggested that the Norse settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland was the site of Vinland. The problem with this theory is that grapes do not grow wild in this region. It is possible that Leif found berries that he called grapes. Another theory is that the climate at the time of the Norse sagas was warmer than it is today and grapes might have grown wild in Newfoundland at this time. However, a few hundred miles to the south of Newfoundland are the cranberry bogs of Cape Cod in Massachusetts. It is tempting to believe that Leif and his party of sturdy Vikings sailed to this more temperate climate and mistook cranberries for grapes. This was a popular theory in the 19th century and it is the one that I find most fascinating. In my 12th century novel, Clement seeks this remote land and a treasure that might be related to the mysterious order of the Knights Templar.
In the 12th century, the location of Vinland would have been just as much of an enigma as it is in our own day. Like the Lost Colony of Roanoke, or the Princes in the Tower, the location of Vinland might always be relegated to the realm of mystery.
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