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Age of the Picts

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The Pictish nation, forged in the shadow of the Roman Empire, was the dominant power in northern Britain for more than 500 years. In this book, Dr Cummins provides a fresh look at the whole Pictish story, placing it firmly in its true historical context and reassessing topics such as the legend of Drust son of Erp and St Columba's evangelising mission in 563.

The Age of the Picts also includes unusual but useful comparisons with contemporary events in Wales and England as well ...

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Overview

The Pictish nation, forged in the shadow of the Roman Empire, was the dominant power in northern Britain for more than 500 years. In this book, Dr Cummins provides a fresh look at the whole Pictish story, placing it firmly in its true historical context and reassessing topics such as the legend of Drust son of Erp and St Columba's evangelising mission in 563.

The Age of the Picts also includes unusual but useful comparisons with contemporary events in Wales and England as well as new and controversial interpretations of Sueno's Stone and Pictish symbols, and a fresh explanation of how the Scots took over Pictland in the ninth century AD.

This concise and readable work is a valuable resource for those with existing knowledge on the subject, and an excellent starting point for anyone wishing to delve further into the fascinating world of the Picts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780752449593
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,242,594
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

W. A. Cummins is the author of King Arthur's Place in Prehistory.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations 7

Acknowledgements 9

1 The Professor and the Pictophile 11

2 The Land of the Picts 17

3 Pictish Chronology 25

4 Dates from Ireland 33

5 The United Kingdom of the Picts 39

6 The Female Royal Line 45

7 What were the Picts? 51

8 Who were the Scots? 63

9 Out of the Mist: the Fifth Century 71

10 The Spoils of War: the Fifth Century 81

11 Into History: the Sixth Century 93

12 Northumbrian Neighbours: the Seventh Century 101

13 The Struggle for Power: the Eighth Century 109

14 Kenneth mac Alpin, King of the Picts: the Ninth Century 117

15 Out of History into Mystery 125

16 Medieval Historians and the Problem of the Picts 133

17 Pictish Symbols: Hieroglyphics or Heraldry? 141

18 Sueno's Stone: into the Tenth Century 153

Appendix 1 The Pictish Chronicle: Group A and Group B Compared 159

Appendix 2 The Pictish Chronicle: Calibration 163

Appendix 3 The Mystery of the Thirty Brudes: A Pre-Pictish Memory 167

Notes 171

Bibliography 181

Index 185

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