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In Search of Scotland

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From the Stone Age to the present, this book charts the impact of the Celts, Picts, Romans, Irish, Vikings, and English, of battles, wars and empire. The great and the good figure prominently, of course, but the story of Scotland is also about ordinary people, who lived and loved, worked and died, mostly leaving no record at all. Under the guidance of Gordon Menzies, Scotland's leading historians have combined to produce a work that is revealing and authoritative. Powerful people figure prominently in the book: ...
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Overview

From the Stone Age to the present, this book charts the impact of the Celts, Picts, Romans, Irish, Vikings, and English, of battles, wars and empire. The great and the good figure prominently, of course, but the story of Scotland is also about ordinary people, who lived and loved, worked and died, mostly leaving no record at all. Under the guidance of Gordon Menzies, Scotland's leading historians have combined to produce a work that is revealing and authoritative. Powerful people figure prominently in the book: St. Columba, Queen Margaret, David I, Wallace, Bruce, James III, James IV, James V, John Knox, the Covenanters, the Jacobites, the philosophers and scientists of the Enlightenment, the Victorian entrepreneurs, and the power brokers of the twentieth century. Accompanied throughout by spectacular full-color photographs, illustrations, paintings, and maps, the book's trenchant views and evocative descriptions will entrance anyone with an interest in Scotland and the Scots.
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In response to a recent resurgence of interest in Scottish history and its warrior kings and founders, BBC Scotland has produced a television series called In Search of Scotland. This print version includes chapter histories by noted Scottish historians, some of whom worked on the series. As befits the BBC, this is an immensely stylish work; the photographs are remarkably beautiful, the maps help the reader understand the movement of ethnic groups from prehistory to date, and the book closes with a beautiful genealogical chart, which starts with 1124 (David) and continues through to William of Orange. Many of the contributing historians also contributed to The Oxford Companion to Scottish History and The New Penguin History of Scotland, both published recently. But while these are encyclopedic works, In Search of Scotland is easily digestible a chapter at a time. It's also a joy to read, with Alex Woolf's chapter, "Birth of a Nation," standing out for its elegant style and clarity. Other noted Scottish historians with chapters are Ian Armit, Fiona Watson, and Michael Lynch. Anyone remotely interested in Scottish history will value this splendid work. Highly recommended for all libraries.-Gail Benjafield, St. Catharines P.L., Ont. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570983863
  • Publisher: Rinehart, Roberts Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/15/2003
  • Pages: 255
  • Sales rank: 438,738
  • Product dimensions: 6.74 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Gordon Menzies is a television producer with the BBC whose program "In Search of Scotland," formed the basis for this book.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
List of maps
List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
1 Mysterious ancestors 1
2 Birth of a nation 24
3 Impact of the monk 46
4 The wars of independence 65
5 Court and kirk 86
6 The European lifeline 112
7 The making of union 136
8 Crucible of the modern world 160
9 The Victorian achievement 184
10 A century of pain and pleasure 206
Genealogies 227
Notes on the authors 230
Appendix 233
Index 234
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