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From Pictland to Alba: Scotland, 789-1070
     

From Pictland to Alba: Scotland, 789-1070

by Alex Woolf, Constantin V. Boundas (Editor)
 

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In the 780s northern Britain was dominated by two great kingdoms - Pictavia, centred in north-eastern Scotland, and Northumbria, which straddled the modern Anglo-Scottish border. Within a hundred years both of these kingdoms had been thrown into chaos by the onslaught of the Vikings and within two hundred years they had become distant memories. This book charts the

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In the 780s northern Britain was dominated by two great kingdoms - Pictavia, centred in north-eastern Scotland, and Northumbria, which straddled the modern Anglo-Scottish border. Within a hundred years both of these kingdoms had been thrown into chaos by the onslaught of the Vikings and within two hundred years they had become distant memories. This book charts the transformation of the political landscape of northern Britain between the middle of the eighth and the middle of the eleventh centuries. Central to this narrative is the mysterious disappearance of the Picts and their language and the sudden rise to prominence of the Gaelic-speaking Scots who would replace them as the rulers of the North.

From Pictland to Alba pays close attention to the fragmentary sources which survive from this darkest period in Scottish history and guides readers past the pitfalls which beset the unwary traveller in these dangerous times. Many of the sources are presented in full and their value as witnesses are thoroughly explored and evaluated. Unlike most other volumes dealing with this period, this is a book which 'shows its workings' and encourages readers to reach their own conclusions about the origins of Scotland.

About the Author:
Alex Woolf is Lecturer in Early Scottish History at the University of St Andrews

Editorial Reviews

H-Albion
This book deserves to become a recommended text.

— Alasdair Ross

Choice
A detailed study of a critical period in Scottish history... Woolf's engaging style makes this a highly readable work... Highly recommended.

Scotia
A solid work of scholarship, full of critical information presented in a... readable style.

Scotia: Interdisciplinary Journal of Scottish Studies
A solid work of scholarship, full of critical information presented in a... readable style.
H-Albion - Alasdair Ross
This book deserves to become a recommended text.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780748612345
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
Publication date:
12/14/2007
Series:
New Edinburgh History of Scotland Series
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Alex Woolf is Lecturer in Early Scottish History at the University of St Andrews

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