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Kings, Lords And Men In Scotland And Britain, 1300-1625: Essays In Honour Of Jenny Wormald
- Hardback - Edinburgh University Press
Late medieval and early modern Scottish history has seen much recent work on 'kingship' and 'lordship', but the 15th and 16th centuries are usually studied separately. This collection brings them together in tribute to Jenny Wormald, one of the few scholars to bridge this divide.
Paisley Through Time
- Paperback - Amberley
This selection of photographs traces some of the many ways in which Paisley has changed and developed over the last century.
Robert The Bruce
- Hardback - Yale University Press
Robert the Bruce (1274-1329) was the famous unifier of Scotland and defeater of the English at Bannockburn - the legendary hero responsible for Scottish independence. Michael Penman retells the story of Robert's rise - his part in William Wallace's revolt against Edward I, his seizing of the Scottish throne after murdering his great rival John Comyn, his excommunication, and devastating battles against an enemy Scottish coalition - climaxing in his victory over Edward II's forces in June 1314. He then draws attention to the second part of the king's life after the victory that made his name. Penman investigates Robert's resettlement of lands and offices, the development of Scotland's parliaments, his handling of plots to overthrow him, and his cultivation of an image of kingship through the use of ceremony and symbol.
The Scottish Highlands: A Cultural History
- Paperback - Signal Books
The Scottish Highlands form the highest mountains in the British Isles, a broad arc of rocky peaks and deep glens stretching from the outskirts of Glasgow, Perth and Aberdeen to the remote and storm-lashed Cape Wrath in Scotland's far northwest. Andrew Beattie explores the turbulent past and vibrant present of this landscape, where the legacy of events - from the first Celtic settlements to the Second World War and from the construction of military roads to mining for lead, slate and gold - have all left their mark.
Scotland Vs England: Whit Will They Dae Withoot Us?
- Paperback - Black & White Publishing
For 300 years, Scotland and England have stood together, united in glorious kinship. This text is full of angry jibes and gentle jokes between the Jocks and the Auld Enemy. It has been updated to cover the 2014 independence debate.
The Scottish Nationality Test 2014/15: How Scottish Are You?
- Paperback - B&W
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?
The Trials Of Lady Jane Douglas: The Scandal That Divided 18th Century Britain
- Hardback - Skyscraper
This title looks at the mystery of Lady Jane Douglas, sister of the richest man in Scotland, did she give birth to twins in Paris in 1748, or did she buy them from French peasants?
A People's History Of Scotland
- Paperback - Verso
In September 2014, the people of Scotland will decide whether - after 407 years of British rule - they want to be an independent country. Chris Bambery, a leading figure in the Scottish Independence campaign, seizes the opportunity to delve into the real and oft-forgotten history of Scotland. 'A People's History of Scotland' is a corrective to the usual history of kings and queens, victorious battles and bloody defeats. Rather it tells the story that matters today - the story of freedom fighters, suffragettes, the workers of Red Clydesdale who fought for their rights, and the contemporary struggle for independence. It looks at the struggles for nationhood as well as for a socialist future, while also charting the lives of Scots who changed the world: from the real Macbeth, to the father of modern capitalism, Adam Smith, as well as campaigner Mary Brooksbank.
Bannockburn: Two Days That Made A Nation
- Hardback - Birlinn
Best-selling author Alistair Moffat offers fresh insights into one of the most famous battles in history. As 8000 Scottish solders, most of them spearmen, faced 18,000 English infantrymen, archers and mounted knights on the morning of Sunday 23 June 1314, many would have that the result a foregone conclusion. But after two days' fighting, the English were routed. Edward II fled to Dunbar and took ship for home, and only one English unit escaped from Scotland intact. The emphatic defeat of the much larger English force was the moment that enabled Scotland to remain independent and pursue a different destiny. This book follows the events of those two days that changed history.
Bannockburn: Scotland's Greatest Victory
- Paperback - Canongate
This volume takes a foray into Scottish history, looking at the Battle of Bannockburn, at which Robert the Bruce's army vanquished Edward I. It begins with the military clashes during the initial stages of the Wars of Independence.