Picts, Gaels and Scots: Early Historic Scotland (Paperback)
  • Picts, Gaels and Scots: Early Historic Scotland (Paperback)

Picts, Gaels and Scots: Early Historic Scotland (Paperback)

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Paperback 144 Pages / Published: 09/09/2014
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Early historic Scotland - from the fifth to the tenth century AD - was home to a variety of diverse peoples and cultures, all competing for land and supremacy. Yet by the eleventh century it had become a single, unified kingdom, known as Alba, under a stable and successful monarchy. How did this happen, and when? At the heart of this mystery lies the extraordinary influence of the Picts and of their neighbours, the Gaels - originally immigrants from Ireland. In this new and revised edition of her acclaimed book, Sally M. Foster establishes the nature of their contribution and, drawing on the latest archaeological evidence and research, highlights a huge number of themes, including the following: the origins of the Picts and Gaels; the significance of the remarkable Pictish symbols and other early historic sculpture; the art of war and the role of kingship in tribal society; settlement, agriculture, industry and trade; religious beliefs and the impact of Christianity; how the Picts and Gaels became Scots.

Publisher: Birlinn General
ISBN: 9781780271910
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 595 g
Dimensions: 245 x 190 x 15 mm


'An outstanding book: well written, comprehensive ... also provocative'

* Current Archaeology *

'Herald[s] a new stage in our understanding of early medieval Scotland'

* Scottish Historical Review *

'One of the best books available on early historic Scotland'

* Antiquaries Journal *

'A delight to read and to look at'

* The Countryman *

'A well-balanced account . . . presenting received wisdom tempered with new views and evidence'

* Early Medieval Europe *

'A remarkable book ... lucid, stimulating and penetrating'

* Recent Writing on Scottish Archaeology *

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“Superb Introduction to Dakr Age Scotland”

A hugely welcome re-issue and update of the Historic Scotland series. Produced in a better format and still very informative, this is an excellent introduction to dark age Scotland.

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