Strongholds of the Picts: The fortifications of Dark Age Scotland

Strongholds of the Picts: The fortifications of Dark Age Scotland

by Angus Konstam, Peter Dennis
     
 

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When the Romans withdrew from Britain, the north of the country was ruled by the most mysterious of the ancient British races, the Picts. Much of what is known about these "painted†? warriors, comes from the remains of the fortifications that they left scattered around Scotland. Although the Picts are famous as sea raiders, they were also subjected to attacks

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When the Romans withdrew from Britain, the north of the country was ruled by the most mysterious of the ancient British races, the Picts. Much of what is known about these "painted†? warriors, comes from the remains of the fortifications that they left scattered around Scotland. Although the Picts are famous as sea raiders, they were also subjected to attacks from a number of opponents. To their south, the Romano-British reoccupied the abandoned Roman fortifications and hired Saxon mercenaries to strike against the Picts. Meanwhile, from the west a new group, the Scoti, attacked from Ireland. This book covers the fortification of the ancient Picts in all their conflicts and discusses the importance of these sites as religious centres and seats of power, while using the latest archeological evidence to help unravel the mystery of this ancient race.

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“Angus Konstam's Strongholds is a delightful pamphlet, engagingly written, copiously illustrated with excellent maps and reconstructions, and a good reading list.” —Antiquity (December 2011)

“An excellent look at the life and struggles of the Pictish Clans after the departure of the Romans in AD 410... The book features many illustrations and photographs, including many in color, from several different archives and the author's own collection.” —History Magazine (April/May 2010)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781472801661
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
02/20/2013
Series:
Fortress , #92
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
851,251
File size:
21 MB
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Meet the Author

Angus Konstam is a highly respected historian, and the author of more than 40 Osprey books, including The Forts of Celtic Britain and British Forts in the Age of Arthur. Titles for other publishers include Sovereigns of the Seas, There was a Soldier and The World Atlas of Pirates. A former archaeologist, naval officer and museum professional, Angus has served as Curator of Weapons at the Tower of London and Chief Curator of the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West, Florida. As well as being a widely published military and naval historian, Angus is also passionate about the history and archaeology of Early Historic Scotland, a fascination dating back to his days as a history and archaeology student in Aberdeen and St Andrews. He now works as a full-time author and historian, and lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. www.anguskonstam.com
Peter Dennis was born in 1950. Inspired by contemporary magazines such as Look and Learn he studied illustration at Liverpool Art College. Peter has since contributed to hundreds of books, predominantly on historical subjects, including many Osprey titles. A keen wargamer and modelmaker, he is based in Nottinghamshire, UK.

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