The picture of medieval Scotland that emerges is a surprisingly 'modern' one, with its rich racial mix - the Scots were not a pure Celtic people but a mixture of Celtic races, Gaels, Picts and Britons, with strong non-Celtic elements such as Norse and English - and its strong regional identities making it almost egalitarian. From the situation in Scotland at the end of Roman Britain until the political and religious revolutions of the sixteenth century, including Scotland's achievements in the creative sphere, the social life of the people and the nation's relations with the rest of the then known world, Alan Macquarrie reveals the richness of Scotland's archaeological, linguistic, artistic, religious, literary and architectural heritage.
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Saying the names of William Wallace and Robert Bruce conjures up images of noble Scottish heroes struggling to hold on to their independence in the teeth of overwhelming oppression. But just who are the Scots? Where did they come from? And why is their sense of national identity so strongly felt? Alan Macquarrie provides the answers in this powerful overview of Scottish medieval history. He takes the reader on a fascinating voyage beginning with the Roman invasion, stopping off to examine the coming of Christianity, before continuing through Viking occupation, dynastic unification and the Wars of Independence, before concluding with the death of James II. Archaeology, art, linguistics, architecture and religion all play a role in our understanding of Scotland's turbulent past and only by learning about this past can we hope to understand modern Scotland. This book aims to stimulate the curious and it succeeds wholeheartedly. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Alan MacQuarrie
Alan Macquarrie teaches in the department of Scottish history at Strathclyde University. His previous publications include Scotland and the Crusades.