Overview

Orkney: A Historical Guide is a marvelous companion to the fascinating Orkney islands, offering a broad overview of their history. Starting with the prehistoric period, from which survives the famous settlement of Skara Brae, it goes on to discuss the flowering of the Celtic Church in the sixth and seventh centuries and the subsequent invasion by the Vikings, who settled there in large numbers and established a powerful Norse earldom. This was perhaps the most dynamic period of Orkney's history, and is ...
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Orkney: A Historical Guide

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Overview

Orkney: A Historical Guide is a marvelous companion to the fascinating Orkney islands, offering a broad overview of their history. Starting with the prehistoric period, from which survives the famous settlement of Skara Brae, it goes on to discuss the flowering of the Celtic Church in the sixth and seventh centuries and the subsequent invasion by the Vikings, who settled there in large numbers and established a powerful Norse earldom. This was perhaps the most dynamic period of Orkney's history, and is characterised in the famous Orkneyinga Saga, one of the major literary works of its time. Orkney lies only twenty miles north of mainland Scotland, yet for many centuries its culture was more Scandanavian than Scottish. Strong westerly winds account for the scarcity of trees on Orkney and for the tradition of well-constructed stone buildings. As a result, exceptionally well-preserved remains are to be found in the islands, providing a rounded view of society through the ages. Sites and remains to be explored include settlements from the stone age, stone circles and burials from the bronze age, iron-age brochs, Viking castles, the magnificent cathedral of St Magnus, Renaissance palaces, a Martello tower from the Napoleonic Wars and numerous remains from the Second World War. This new edition has been revised and updated, and includes a new chapter which sheds light on exciting and recent findings.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780857905918
  • Publisher: Birlinn, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/13/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 867,905
  • File size: 7 MB

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Plates
List of Maps
Acknowledgements
Useful Addresses
Preface
Visiting the Sites
Introduction 1
The Natural Background 3
The First Settlers: Mesolithic Orkney 13
Early Farmers: Neolithic Orkney 19
The First Metalworkers: Bronze Age Orkney 67
Fighting Farmers: Iron Age Orkney 81
The Coming of the Missionaries: Pictish Orkney 99
Foreign Settlers: the Norse in Orkney 111
Transfer to Scotland: Scottish Earls in Orkney 147
The Improving Years: Orkney in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries 173
War and Peace: Orkney in the Twentieth Century 199
Museums 211
Further Reading 213
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