British & Irish History
BIC code: HBC
See also: History & Archaeology
- Paperback - Pen & Sword
Annie Harrower-Gray opens up an alternative view of Scotland's turbulent history, revealing three centuries through the eyes of the nation's women. The whole of society appears, from ordinary labourers, prostitutes and factory hands to their more celebrated sisters and even witches, bodysnatchers and female Jacobites. All their tales are freshly researched and told with a sense of humour. Colourful characters abound! Step inside the boudoirs of Edinburgh's ladies of pleasure, whose civilised manners so confused one church minister that he 'accidentally' took tea in a brothel. Creep into the graveyard with Helen Torrance and Jean Lapiq, convicted of bodysnatching half a century before Burke and Hare. Uncover the murky history of Scotland's last witch Helen Duncan, whose eerily accurate wartime predictions led to her imprisonment.
- Hardback - Penguin Books
This is a vivid, wide-ranging account of Scotland's history, composed of timeless stories by those who experienced it first-hand. The contributors range from Tacitus, Mary, Queen of Scots, and Oliver Cromwell to Adam Smith, David Livingstone, and Billy Connolly.
- Hardback - Summersdale
Celebrate your roots and explore some of Scotland's most fascinating facts and charming quotes in this miscellany fit for any bonnie lad or lass.
- Add to BasketScotland's Global Empire: A Chronicle Of Great Scots
- Paperback - Whittles
'Scotland's Global Empire' is one journalist's tribute to some of the lesser-known Scots and the staggering number of their contributions to the world.
- Add to BasketScottish Independence And The Idea Of Britain: From The Picts To Alexander III
- Paperback - Edinburgh University Press
When did Scots first think of Scotland as an independent kingdom? What did they think was Scotland's place in Britain before the age of Wallace and Bruce? The answers argued in this book offer a fresh perspective on the question of Scotland's relationship with Britain. Dauvit Broun challenges the standard concept of the Scots as an ancient nation whose British identity only emerged in the early modern era, but also provides new evidence that the idea of Scotland as an independent kingdom was older than the age of Wallace and Bruce.
- Add to BasketScotland The Brief: A Short History Of A Nation
- Paperback - Argyll
Scotland's history is a subject of endless fascination. Christopher Harvie gives a brief outline for the beginner. The role of the Kirk, the affairs of kings and queens and would-be monarchs are covered. Then Scotland's effort to expand her economy through the Darien Scheme which lead to the Union with England is detailed.
- Add to BasketScotland's Lost Gardens: From The Garden Of Eden To The Stewart Palaces
- Hardback - RCAHMS
Marilyn Brown rediscovers discovers the fasinating stories of the nation's vanished historic gardens. Drawing on vastly varied archive material, a remarkable picture emerges of centuries of lost landscapes, from the monastic gardens of St Columba on the Isle of Iona, to the royal refuges of Mary Queen of Scots.
- Add to BasketScotland: Mapping The Nation
- Paperback - Birlinn
Whilst documents and other written material are obvious resources that help shape our view of the past, maps too can say much about a nation's history. This book takes maps seriously as a form of history, from the earliest representations of Scotland by Ptolemy in the second century AD to the most recent form of Scotland's mapping and geographical representation in GIS, satellite imagery and SATNAV.
- Add to BasketShort Scottish Prose Chronicles
- Hardback - Boydell
In this work, the editors build their own version of medieval events based on Scotland's foundation myths. They thus present an alternative and distinctly 'Scottish' view of 'history'.
- Add to BasketThe Scottish Nationality Test: How Scottish Are You?
- Hardback - Black & White
At a time when Scotland is once again considering life as an independent nation, this book is essential reading for any citizen or visitor with a sense of humour. So, how Scottish are you?