Strongholds of the Picts: The fortifications of Dark Age Scotland [NOOK Book]

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When the Romans left Britain around AD 410 the island had not been fully subjugated. In the Celtic fringe of Caledonia - now Northern Scotland - these unconquered native peoples were presented with the opportunity to pillage what remained of Roman Britain. By way of response the Post-Roman Britons of what is now Scotland did their best to defend themselves from attack, and to preserve what they could of the economic and administrative systems left behind by the Romans. While some old Roman forts were maintained, ...
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Strongholds of the Picts: The fortifications of Dark Age Scotland

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Overview

When the Romans left Britain around AD 410 the island had not been fully subjugated. In the Celtic fringe of Caledonia - now Northern Scotland - these unconquered native peoples were presented with the opportunity to pillage what remained of Roman Britain. By way of response the Post-Roman Britons of what is now Scotland did their best to defend themselves from attack, and to preserve what they could of the economic and administrative systems left behind by the Romans. While some old Roman forts were maintained, the Post-Roman Britons in the area created new strongholds, or re-occupied some of the long-abandoned hill-forts first built by their ancestors before the coming of the Romans. Meanwhile the Caledonians - who evolved into the Picts - relied on fortifications to maintain control over their land.

Then a new wave of invaders arrived from across the Irish Sea. The Scots came first to conquer, then to settle. In their wake came the Angles and Saxons, driving north to occupy most of Scotland as far as the Firth of Forth, and later the Vikings arrived from the north and east. During the variety of ensuing struggles, the Picts, Scots, Vikings, Northumbrians and North Britons made extensive use of fortifications, the remains of which still dot the modern landscape.

This book traces the origins and development of these North British forts. It also touches on the way they served as secular or religious centers, seats of power, or as barriers against invasion. It will also discuss the mystery surrounding the Picts, and show how modern archaeology has done much to reveal the way these enigmatic people waged war, and defended their strongholds.
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"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)

"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)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781472801661
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/19/2013
  • Series: Fortress , #92
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 369,915
  • File size: 20 MB
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Meet the Author

Angus Konstam hails from the Orkney Islands, and is the author of over 50 books, 30 of which are published by Osprey. This acclaimed and�widely published author�has written several books on piracy, including The History of Pirates. His most recent work is a full-length piratical biography: Blackbeard: America's Most�Notorious Pirate.��A former naval officer and museum professional, he worked as the Curator of Weapons at the Tower of London and as the Chief Curator of the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West, Florida. He now works�as a full-time author and historian, and lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. The author lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 4

The Picts

The Scots of Dal Riata

The post-Roman Britons of southern Scotland

Chronology 9

The Early Historic Forts of Scotland 10

Fortified homesteads: brochs and ring forts

Reoccupied hill forts

Promontory forts

Citadel forts and nuclear forts

Dundurn and Dunadd: A Tour of Two Great Strongholds 28

Dundurn

Dunadd

The Principles of Defence 41

The Living Sites 45

Strongholds in the political landscape

Strongholds as royal bastions

The Sites in War 50

Aftermath 56

The Sites Today 57

Forts

Museums

Further Reading 62

Glossary 63

Index 64

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