History & Archaeology

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  • Cover scan of The British Nationality Test

    The British Nationality Test: How British Are You?
    Cameron McPhail - Paperback - Black & White Publishing
    The deadpan but hilarious 'British Nationality Test' marks a truly new direction for the genre and is well removed from those insipid and often rather base joke books. Fast forward to the time when global warming has kicked in and Britain has been transformed into a Mediterranean paradise. Faced with waves of immigration, the government is forced to bring in a challenging nationalality test in an attempt to stem the human tide of aspiring citizens. The twist is that this is a test with a difference. Out goes Latin and biology and in comes the likes of gender studies and sports studies, with hilarious results.
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    Bludie Harlaw: Realities, Myths, Ballads
    Ian A. Olson - Hardback - John Donald
    This title brings together records in Scots, Latin, Gaelic and English to describe the lead-up to and conduct of the Battle of Harlaw.
  • Cover scan of Bannockburn

    Bannockburn: Two Days That Made A Nation
    Alistair Moffat - 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.
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    Bannockburn: Scotland's Greatest Victory
    Peter Reese - 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.
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    Blood On The Thistle
    Stuart Pearson - Hardback - John Blake
    'Blood on the Thistle' is the examination of the life and times of a remarkable Scottish family, the Cranstons of Haddington, East Lothian. It focuses on a period from about 1880, when the young, hard-working parents, Alec and Lizzy Cranston, arrived in Haddington, through to 1920, when the family they had produced had been torn apart by the effects of the Great War and broke up as its surviving members pursued seperate lives around the globe.
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    Bannockburn 1314: The First Battle For Independence
    Angus Konstam - Hardback - Aurum Press
    This title, published to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the battle, draws on the latest scholarship and archaeological evidence to provide a fast-paced, highly readable and clear narrative of this important story. It also explores the modern legacy of the battle, as politicians delve into the past in order to support their vision of the future.
  • Cover scan of The Blasphemies Of Thomas Aikenhead
    The Blasphemies Of Thomas Aikenhead: Boundaries Of Belief On The Eve Of The Enlightenment
    Michael F. Graham - Paperback - Edinburgh University Press
    This is a book-length study of the case of Thomas Aikenhead, the sometime University of Edinburgh student who in 1697 earned the unfortunate distinction of being the last person executed for blasphemy in Britain.
  • Cover scan of The Battle Of Flodden 1513
    The Battle Of Flodden 1513
    John Sadler - Paperback - The History Press
    The Battle of Flodden in 1513 was the largest battle ever to take place between England and Scotland. When King James IV was killed while leading a charge, and many of their officers were killed, the Scots were left in disarray and the English victory was decisive.
  • Cover scan of Batsford's Glasgow Then And Now
    Batsford's Glasgow Then And Now
    Carol Foreman - Hardback - Batsford
    This archive tour takes many of the classic archive photos of Glasgow and compares them to the scene today. It reveals a transition from an industrial city based around the Clyde, its docks and great shipyards, to a modern 21st-century economy. Some 70 historic photographs of Glasgow's past are paired with specially commissioned contemporary views taken from the same vantage point.
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    Britain's DNA: A Genetic Journey
    Alistair Moffat - Hardback - Birlinn
    Hidden inside all of us - every human being on Earth - is the story of our ancestry. Printed on our DNA are the origins of our lineages, the time in history and prehistory when then arose, the epic journeys people have made across the globe. Based on new research involving the most wide-ranging sampling of DNA ever made in Britain, Alistair Moffat, shows how all of us who live on these islands are immigrants.

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