Scotland: The Story of a Nation

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Grove Press, 2003 - History - 734 pages
Hailed as a ?vast, superb history [that] relates Scotland's past over a dozen millennia” (Kirkus Reviews), Magnusson draws on a great deal of modern scholarship to redefine a nation's history. He charts the long struggle toward nationhood, explores the roots of the original Scots, and examines the extent to which Scotland was shaped by the Romans, the Picts, the Vikings, and the English. Encompassing everything from the first Mesolithic settlers in 7000 B.C. to the present movements for independence, Scotland: The Story of a Nation is history on an epic level, essential reading for anyone interested in the rich past of this captivating land.

 

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User Review  - ArtRodrigues - www.librarything.com

I read this book in preparation for a trip to Scotland. I am glad I did. For the first time, I believe I have a comprehensive grasp of the eternal conflict between Scotland and England, the importance ... Read full review

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User Review  - KirkLowery - LibraryThing

Magnusson often adds "tour guide book" type of information, especially in the footnotes. (I like this.) As others have noted, the book focuses on the political history of Scotland, especially upon the ... Read full review

Contents

In the Beginning
1
The Romans in Scotland
13
Picts Scots Britons Angles and Others
22
Early medieval Scotland c AD 700
35
Macbeth
50
Malcolm Canmore and St Margaret
61
David I
71
William the Lion
81
James V
295
The Battle of Solway Moss 24 November 1542
313
1
317
2
342
Imprisonment and Civil War
364
James VI and the Union of the Crowns
382
Charles I and the National Covenant
418
Charles II and the Covenanters
451

Alexanders II and III
90
John Balliol Toom Tabard
108
William Wallace
126
The Battle of Stirling Bridge 11 September 1297
135
Robert Bruce
160
David II
195
Robert II and Robert III
210
The Battle of Otterburn 19 August 1388
218
James I
229
James II
249
James III
260
James IV and the Renaissance
274
The Battle of Flodden 9 September 1513
291
The Battle of Dunbar 3 September 1650
459
The Last Stewart King
500
The Battle of Killiecrankie 27 July 1689
517
Queen Anne and the Act of Union
535
Risings and Riots
558
Bonnie Prince Charlie and the 45
583
The Battle of Prestonpans 21 September 1745
595
The Battle of Culloden 16 April 1746
621
The Wizard of the North
632
There Shall be a Scottish Parliament
663
Chronology
693
Index
710
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