A History Of Scotland

A History Of Scotland

by Neil Oliver


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The dramatic story of Scotland - by charismatic television historian, Neil Oliver.

Scotland is one of the oldest countries in the world with a vivid and diverse past. Yet the stories and figures that dominate Scottish history - tales of failure, submission, thwarted ambition and tragedy - often badly serve this great nation, overshadowing the rich tapestry of her intricate past.

Historian Neil Oliver presents a compelling new portrait of Scottish history, peppered with action, high drama and centuries of turbulence that have helped to shape modern Scotland. Along the way, he takes in iconic landmarks and historic architecture; debunks myths surrounding Scotland's famous sons; recalls forgotten battles; charts the growth of patriotism; and explores recent political developments, capturing Scotland's sense of identity and celebrating her place in the wider world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780753826638
Publisher: Phoenix
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 177,562
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Neil Oliver is a Scottish archaeologist, historian, broadcaster and writer who has become widely known as the presenter of BBC's flagship series A History of Scotland.

Before that, his distinctive style was much in evidence as the charismatic presenter of the award-winning multi-part documentary series Coast and the author of its tie-in book.

His archaeological training at Glasgow University was put to good use in BBC2's series Two Men in a Trench where he visited historic British battlefields and attempted to recreate the events of each battle. He co-wrote the two accompanying books. He has also presented the BBC series A History of Ancient Britain, Vikings, The Last Explorers and Sacred Wonders of Britain, as well as Coast Australia. He lives in Stirling with his wife and three children.

Find out more at www.neiloliver.com or follow him on Twitter @NEIL_OLIVER_

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgements xiii

Introduction xv

Map xx

1 From the Basement of Time 1

2 The Last of the Free 38

3 The Hammers of the Scots 80

4 Bishop Makes King 119

5 Language is Power 164

6 Project Britain 205

7 King Jesus 247

8 Jacobites 288

9 Money! 323

10 Wha's Like Us? - The Question of Identity 357

11 Homeward Bound 395

Further Reading 435

Index 441

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