Before Scotland

The Story of Scotland Before History

Author: Alistair Moffat

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780500287958

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 2932

This story of early Scotland begins 10,000 years ago at the end of the Ice Age when the familiar Scottish geography of mountains, glens, and rugged coasts evolved. It follows the movement of hunter-gatherers north, the growth of fishing, the establishment of farming. The author also covers cultural evolution in Scotland - the roles played by megalith builders, Celts, Picts, and others.

The Story of Scotland

Author: Nigel Tranter

Publisher: Neil Wilson Publishing

ISBN: 9781906476687

Category: History

Page: 192

View: 6304

Scotland's story cannot be told merely in terms of documentary evidence, for this would be to neglect an integral part of the nation's heritage. The legends, myths, stories and memories handed down from generation to generation must be added to the bare bones of factual record if the character of the country is to be truly revealed. Nigel Tranter was able to combine the two with a masterly hand, expertly weaving the colourful threads of folklore into the fabric of historical fact. Tranter was impeccably qualified to tell the story of Scotland, having written many books detailing the nation's rich past and he possessed an exceptional gift for storytelling. His account begins in the years before records made traditional history possible and ends with the transformation of Scotland during the 19th century into a workshop of the world and a source of pioneers for Britain's empire. In this perennial bestseller, Niigel Tranter's incomparable tale of a nation's enthralling history is the most comprehensible primer on the subject yet published. Before he passed away in January 2000, Tranter had written over 70 novels and several works of non-fiction, almost all of them historical works set in Scotland.

A History Of Scotland

Author: Neil Oliver

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0297860291

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 9748

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.

The Story of Scotland

Author: Nigel G. Tranter

Publisher: Neil Wilson Pub Limited


Category: History

Page: 266

View: 1784

Nigel Tranter expertly weaves the colorful threads of folklore into the fabric of historical fact. The legends, myths, stories and memories handed down from generation to generation are added to the bare bones of factual record to reveal Scotland's true character.

Basiswissen Archäologie

Theorien, Methoden, Praxis

Author: Colin Renfrew,Paul G. Bahn

Publisher: Philipp Von Zabern Verlag Gmbh

ISBN: 9783805339483

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 2977

Mit mehr als 150.000 verkauften Exemplaren gilt der Band Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice im englischsprachigen Raum bereits jetzt als Standardwerk im Fach Archaologie. Diese jetzt erstmals auf Deutsch vorliegende sorgfaltig uberarbeitete und zum Teil vollig neu geschriebene Fassung ist eine ausserst gut lesbare Einfuhrung fur alle, die sich fur Archaologie interessieren und eine kompakte Darstellung der Methoden und Praxis archaologischer Arbeit suchen. Beruhmte Archaologen und Ausgrabungsstatten passieren Revue. Inhaltlich ist das Buch auf der Hohe der Forschung, auch die neuesten technischen Methoden und Technologien werden behandelt. (Philipp von Zabern 2009)

Vanished Kingdoms

The History of Half-Forgotten Europe

Author: Norman Davies

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141960485

Category: History

Page: 848

View: 2637

'The past is a foreign country' has become a truism, yet the past differs from the present in many unfamiliar ways and historical memory is extraordinarily imperfect. The degree to which we think of the European past as the history of France, Germany, Britain, Russia and so on, actually obstructs our view of former reality, and blunts our sensitivity to the ever-changing political landscape. Europe's past is littered with kingdoms, empires and republics which no longer exist but which were some of the most important entities of their day - 'the Empire of Aragon', which dominated the western Mediterranean in the thirteenth century, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, the largest country in Europe for part of the eighteenth century. This book shows the reader how to peer through the cracks of mainstream history-writing, and to catch a glimpse of the 'Five, Six or Seven Kingdoms of Burgundy'. How long will it be before the USSR, until recently one of the world's two superpowers, is wholly or half-forgotten as most of these? The histories of the lost echo across the centuries, mixed in with more familiar sounds. One of the purposes of this book is to help us hear them again more clearly, and appreciate where they came from. As in his earlier celebrated books Europe and The Isles, Norman Davies aims to subvert our established view what looks familiar in history and urges us to look and think again. This stimulating book, full of unexpected stories, observations and connections, gives us a fresh and original perspective on European history.

Jamieson's Dictionary of Scots

The Story of the First Historical Dictionary of the Scots Language

Author: Susan Rennie

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019963940X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 282

View: 6278

The first account of the making of John Jamieson's pioneering Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language first published between 1808 and 1825. Susan Rennie describes Jamieson's work and methods interweaving her account with biography and linguistic, social, and book history to present a rounded picture of the man, his work, and his times.

Viking Scotland

Author: Anna Ritchie

Publisher: B. T. Batsford Limited


Category: Civilization, Medieval

Page: 143

View: 6978

Scotland is very rich in the remains and evidence of the Vikings. Using all the sources available - historical, archaeological and linguistic - this book explores this heritage and studies, in detail, the story of the Vikings in Scotland, beginning with the situation in Scotland before they arrived and concluding with the longer term effects of Norse settlement.

Die Fackeln der Freiheit

Ein Lord-John-Roman

Author: Diana Gabaldon

Publisher: Blanvalet Verlag

ISBN: 3641075351

Category: Fiction

Page: 576

View: 9784

Abenteuer, Leidenschaft und Spannung – Diana Gabaldon macht süchtig! Lord John Grey hat ein Dilemma: Am liebsten würde er Jamie Fraser, der sein Dasein als Strafgefangener in Helwater fristet, nie wiedersehen. Doch seine Offiziersehre verpflichtet ihn, eine politische Intrige aufzuklären, deren Schlüssel allein bei Fraser liegt. Doch auch Jamie Fraser steht vor einer schwierigen Entscheidung. Wenn er sich weigert, John Grey bei den Ermittlungen gegen ein Nest jakobitischer Verschwörer zu helfen, setzt er alles aufs Spiel, was er liebt. Ist er Grey jedoch zu Willen, geht er das Risiko ein, alte Kameraden zu verraten. Doch die Katastrophe von Culloden, bei der Jamie seine geliebte Claire verloren hat, wirft einen langen Schatten, und Jamie muss verhindern, dass sich die Jakobiten erneut erheben – und erneut dem Untergang entgegen gehen. Unfreiwillig vereint, verfolgen der Offizier und der Rebell ein gemeinsames Ziel – und besinnen sich zögernd der Freundschaft, die sie einst verband. Der dritte Band der Lord-John-Saga.

From Caledonia to Pictland

Scotland to 795

Author: James Earle Fraser

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748612327

Category: History

Page: 436

View: 724

"Examines the transformation of Iron Age northern Britain into a land of Christian kingdoms, long before 'Scotland' came into existence."--Page 4 of cover.


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Scotland

Page: N.A

View: 3883

The History of Scotland

During the Reigns of Queen Mary and of King James VI. Until His Accession to the Crown of England: with a Review of the Scottish History Previous to that Period; and an Appendix Containing Original Papers

Author: William Robertson

Publisher: N.A


Category: Scotland

Page: N.A

View: 3286

History of Everyday Life in Medieval Scotland

Author: Edward J Cowan

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748688609

Category: History

Page: 336

View: 2988

This book examines the ordinary, routine, daily behaviour, experiences and beliefs of people in Scotland from the earliest times to 1600.

Scotland's Mountains Before the Mountaineers

Author: Ian R Mitchell

Publisher: Luath Press Ltd

ISBN: 1909912441

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

View: 7648

Winner of the Outdoor Writers GUld Award for ExcellenceIn this new book on pre-mountaineering ascents and near ascents in the Highlands, we have at last a work which does justice to those who lived and worked, travelled and fought in the Highlands before Walter Scott. PROF. BRUCE LENMANMarvelous account of mountaineering's prehistory... as coulourful as it is thought provoking - THE SCOTSMANThis work tells the story of explorations and ascents in the Scottish Highlands in the days before mountaineering became a popular sport - when Jacobites, bandits, poachers and illicit distillers traditionally used the mountains as sanctuary.

The Historical Geography of Scotland Since 1707

Geographical Aspects of Modernisation

Author: David Turnock

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521892292

Category: History

Page: 368

View: 4017

This is the first book to take a comprehensive view of the historical geography of Scotland since the Union. The period is divided into sections separated by the Napoleonic Wars and the First World War, and each section offers a general view followed by detailed studies giving a balanced coverage of regional and urban-rural criteria, and the economic infrastructure. The book contains a number of original researches and Dr Turnock attempts to set the Scottish experience in a framework of general ideas on modernisation.

The Story of Quakerism in Scotland


Author: G. B. Burnet,George B. Burnet,Gb Burnet,Wh Marwick,William Hutton Marwick

Publisher: Casemate Publishers

ISBN: 0718891767

Category: Religion

Page: 230

View: 3577

The history of the Society of Friends in Scotland was confined to occasional articles in periodicals and passages in the journals of Friends "travelling in the ministry", until the publication of The Story of Quakerism in Scotland. In this revealing volume the story of more than three hundred years of Scottish Quakerism, originally published in 1952, is told for the first time within the covers of one book. While Friends were never very numerous in Scotland, they nevertheless gave the Society its first significant theologian in the person of Robert Barclay. This study expands upon Quakerism discussing three main periods: the earliest beginnings in Scotland during Cromwell's dominance to the Stuart Dynasty, where, as well as achieving its greatest influence, it also suffered its cruellest persecution at Aberdeen, to its ultimate decline. Ali this leads up to an analysis of the question of why Quakerism failed to make itself at home in Scotland. The history of the era from 1800 to 1950, which witnessed a slow but steady increase in the vitality of Quakerism in Scotland, is covered in an Epilogue by William H. Marwick, former Clerk to the Friends' General Meeting for Scotland.

Homage to Caledonia

Scotland and the Spanish Civil War

Author: Daniel Gray

Publisher: Luath Press Ltd

ISBN: 1909912123

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 4580

The Spanish civil war was a call to arms for 2,300 British volunteers, of which over 500 were from Scotland. The first book of its kind, 'Homage to Caledonia' examines Scotland's role in the conflict, detailing exactly why Scottish involvement was so profound. The book moves chronologically through events and places, firstly surveying the landscape in contemporary Scotland before describing volunteers' journeys to Spain, and then tracing their every involvement from arrival to homecoming (or not). There is also an account of the non-combative role, from fundraising for Spain and medical aid, to political manoeuvrings within the volatile Scottish left. Using a wealth of previously-unpublished letters sent back from the front as well as other archival items, Daniel Gray is able to tell little known stories of courage in conflict, and to call into question accepted versions of events such as the 'murder' of Bob Smillie, or the heroism of 'The Scots Scarlet Pimpernel'. Homage to Caledonia offers a very human take on events in Spain: for every tale of abject distress in a time of war, there is a tale of a Scottish volunteer urinating in his general's boots, knocking back a dram with Errol Flynn or appalling Spanish comrades with his pipe playing. For the first time, read the fascinating story of Caledonia's role in this seminal conflict.REVIEWS: As seen on STV Documentary 'The Scots Who Fought Franco''Daniel Gray has done a marvellous job in bringing together the stories of Scots volunteers - in [this] many-voiced, multi-layered book' SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY'...moving and thought-provoking.' THE HERALD'A new and fascinating contribution' SCOTTISH REVIEW OF BOOKS'Book of the week - Gray deserves applause for shining a light on a lesser-known aspect of the nation's character of which we should all be proud. 'PRESS &p; JOURNALBACK COVER: Thirty-five thousand people from across the world volunteered to join the armed resistance in a war on fascism. More people, proportionately, went from Scotland than any other country, and the entire nation was gripped by the conflict. What drove so many ordinary Scots to volunreer in a foreign war? Their stories are powerfully and honestly told, often in their own words: the ordinary men and women who made their way to Spain over the Pyrenees when the UK government banned anyone from going to support either side; the nuses and ambulance personnel who discovered for themselves the horrors of modern warfare; and the people back home who defied their poverty to give generously to the Spanish republican cause. Even in war there are light-hearted moments: a Scottish volunteer drunkenly urinating in his general's boots, enduring the dark comedy of learning to shoot with sticks amidst a scarcity of rifles, or enjoying the surreal experience of raising a dram with Errol Flynn. They went from all over the country: Glasgow, Edinburgh. Aberdeen, Dundee, Fife and the Highlands, and they fought to save Scotland, and the world, from the growing threat of fascism.