Scotland by Magnus Magnusson
The Story of a Nation

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Drawing on a great deal of modern scholarship that has redefined the nation's story, Magnus Magnusson vividly re-creates the fascinating history of Scotland, offering the most up-to-date and comprehensive history available today. Magnusson, who received an honorary knighthood for his contributions to the preservation of Scotland's heritage, casts the nation's historical trajectory as a long struggle toward nationhood. He explains 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. He casts a sober eye on the many deep-seated myths that have developed over the years, assessing their sometimes-questionable credibility while still fully appreciating their importance to the people of Scotland. In addition to this cultural history, Magnusson offers a detailed account of the political and economic forces that shaped the nation's fate. Packed with colorful stories, bloody battles, vicious political intrigues, and a rich pageant of historical characters, it is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of this fascinating land.

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- Magnus Magnusson authored more than 30 books, made several TV programs on Iceland and the Vikings, and translated the "Vinland Sagas" and many other sagas into English. - Mark Harrison has a Bachelor's degree in Medieval Studies from Lancaster University. He is a Curator at the Royal Armouries, Tower of London and has a strong interest in the early medieval world. He lives in Colchester, UK. - Ian Heath is a highly respected author, currently working on a five-volume project covering the armies of 19th-century Asia. Ian lives in Cambridgeshire - Keith Durham lives in Northumberland. He has had a lifelong interest in the Vikings and their ships. - Ren? Chartrand and has been senior curator with Canada's National Historic Sites for nearly three decades, he is now a freelance writer and historical consultant. He lives in Quebec. The author lives in Glasgow, Scotla
Published September 2, 2000 by Atlantic Monthly Press. 734 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction

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His narrative ends in 1999, when a Scottish parliament convened for the first time in almost 300 years, and the legend-shrouded Stone of Destiny was returned to Edinburgh from Westminster Abbey—whereupon, Magnusson wryly remarks, this talisman of Scottish nationhood “lost all its potency as a sym...

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Scotland: The Story of a Nation Magnus Magnusson Harpercollins £19.99, pp752 Buy it at BOL Collins Encyclopedia of Scotland: The Story of a Nation edited by John & Julia Keay Harpercollins £45, pp1120 A historian after past events is like Vladimir Nabokov butterfly-hunting: he has to find the cr...

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Former chairman of the Ancient Monuments Board for Scotland, Magnusson deftly describes Scotland's geopolitical heritage.

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"History on the hoof" is how Magnus Magnusson describes his approach to the massive subject of the history of Scotland.

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