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Strongholds of the Picts: The fortifications of Dark Age Scotland

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In the period between the collapse of Roman authority and the establishment of the kingdom of Alba - the precursor to modern Scotland - much of the Highlands was dominated by a people known as the Picts. Although they lived at the edge of the known world, they were surrounded by enemies, with the Britons and later the Angles to the south and the Irish to the west. To protect their lands and authority they developed hilltop fortifications, often based on pre-Roman structures that had been used for centuries. As ...

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Strongholds of the Picts: The fortifications of Dark Age Scotland

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Overview

In the period between the collapse of Roman authority and the establishment of the kingdom of Alba - the precursor to modern Scotland - much of the Highlands was dominated by a people known as the Picts. Although they lived at the edge of the known world, they were surrounded by enemies, with the Britons and later the Angles to the south and the Irish to the west. To protect their lands and authority they developed hilltop fortifications, often based on pre-Roman structures that had been used for centuries. As well as examining the origins and development of these forts, this volume also looks at how they served as secular or religious centres and as seats of power.

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Editorial Reviews

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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: 9781846036866
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/16/2010
  • Series: Fortress Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 648,269
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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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