British & Irish History: C 500 To C 1000

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    The Vikings In Islay: The Place Of Names In Hebridean Settlement History
    Alan Macniven - Paperback - John Donald
    The Hebridean island of Islay is well-known for its whisky, its wildlife and its association with the MacDonald Lords of the Isles. There would seem to be little reason to dwell on its fate at the hands of marauding Northmen during the Viking Age. Despite a pivotal location on the 'sea road' from Norway to Ireland, there are no convincing records of the Vikings ever having been there. In recent years, historians have been keen to marginalise the island's Viking experience, choosing instead to focus on the enduring stability of native Celtic culture, and tracing the island's modern Gaelic traditions back in an unbroken chain to the dawn of the Christian era. However, the foundations of this presumption are flawed. With no written accounts to go by, the real story of Islay's Viking Age has to be read from another type of source material - the silent witness of the names of local places.
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    The Vikings In Islay: The Place Of Names In Hebridean Settlement
    Alan Macniven - Paperback - Birlinn
    This title challenges traditional assumptions about the nature of Viking settlement in the Inner Hebrides. Using place names, it uncovers the murky events in Islay 1200 years ago when Viking settlers from Norway clashed with the indigenous Scots of Dalriada.
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    Land, Law And People In Medieval Scotland
    Cynthia J. Neville - Paperback - Edinburgh University Press
    This book examines the encounter between Gaels and Europeans in Scotland in the central Middle Ages, offering insights into an important period in the formation of the Scots' national identity.
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    Picts, Gaels And Scots
    Sally M. Foster - Paperback - John Donald
    This is a comprehensive overview which brings to life the ancestors of the modern Scottish people. It examines the origins of the Picts and the Gaels, and how they became Scots and looks at society including the role of kingship, industry and religion.
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    Early Medieval Scotland: Individuals, Communities And Ideas
    D. V. Clarke - Hardback - NMS
    This is the time after the Romans and before the Vikings, a period of history that used to be known by scholars as the 'Dark Age'. Much light has now been shed on it: although there is a lack of historical documentation archaeology has been provided new information - and it is astounding.
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    Arthur: A Conjectural History
    Robin Crichton - Paperback - Luath
    'King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table' is one of the world's greatest legends. Yet little is known of the truth behind the great story. This book enters the realm of conjectural history - the blurred middle ground between fact and fiction - to separate the fiction from the facts.
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    Finding Merlin: The Truth Behind The Legend
    Adam Ardrey - Paperback - Mainstream
    Adam Ardrey seeks to uncover the truth about Merlin, finding new evidence to suggest that he hailed from Scotland. The places where Merlin was born, lived, died and was buried are identified, as well as the people surrounding him, such as his nemesis Mungo and his friend Arthur.
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    A New History Of The Picts
    Stuart McHardy - Paperback - Luath
    This text presents a history of the Picts. New historical analysis, recently discovered evidence and an innovative Scottish perspective exposes long held assumptions about the native people.
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    Macbeth: A True Story
    Fiona J. Watson - Paperback - Quercus
    Historian Fiona Watson releases the authentic historical Macbeth from the prison of literary and folkloric myth in this work relating the true story of the Scottish king.
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    The Men Of The North: The Britons Of Southern Scotland
    T. J. Clarkson - Paperback - John Donald
    Like the Picts and Vikings, the Bitons played an important role in the shaping of Scottish history during the first millennium AD but their story is often neglected or ignored. This book redresses the balance by studying the northern Britons from the departure of Rome to the birth of medieval Scotland.

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