From Pictland to Alba: Scotland, 789-1070

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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 ...
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Overview

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

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780748612345
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Publication date: 12/14/2007
  • Series: New Edinburgh History of Scotland Series
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 536,229
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents


Maps and Genealogical Tables     vi
Acknowledgements     vii
General Editor's Preface     ix
Note on Spelling and Pronunciation     xi
Introduction: Land and People: Northern Britain in the Eighth Century     1
Events (789-1070)
The Coming of the Vikings     41
The Scaldingi and the Transformation of Northumbria     68
Last Days of the Pictish Kingdom (839-89)     87
The Grandsons of Cinaed and the Grandsons of Imar     122
The Later Tenth Century: A Turmoil of Warring Princes     177
The Fall of the House of Alpin and the Moray Question     220
Process
Scandinavian Scotland     275
Pictavia to Albania     312
Table of Events     351
Guide to Further Reading     353
The Principal Medieval Chronicles used in this Volume     357
Bibliography     360
Index     370
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