From Pictland to Alba: 789-1070

From Pictland to Alba: 789-1070

Alex Woolf / Sep 23, 2019

From Pictland to Alba In the s northern Britain was dominated by two great kingdoms Pictavia centred in north eastern Scotland and Northumbria which straddled the modern Anglo Scottish border Within a hundred years bot

  • Title: From Pictland to Alba: 789-1070
  • Author: Alex Woolf
  • ISBN: 9780748612345
  • Page: 421
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the 780s northern Britain was dominated by two great kingdoms Pictavia, centred in north eastern Scotland and Northumbria which straddled the modern Anglo Scottish border Within a hundred years both of these kingdoms had been thrown into chaos by the onslaught of the Vikings and within two hundred years they had become distant memories This book charts the transformaIn the 780s northern Britain was dominated by two great kingdoms Pictavia, centred in north eastern Scotland and Northumbria which straddled the modern Anglo Scottish border Within a hundred years both of these kingdoms had been thrown into chaos by the onslaught of the Vikings and within two hundred years they had become distant memories This book charts the transformation of the political landscape of northern Britain between the eighth and the eleventh centuries Central to this narrative is the mysterious disappearance of the Picts and their language and the sudden rise to prominence of the Gaelic speaking Scots who would replace them as the rulers of the North From Pictland to Alba uses fragmentary sources which survive from this darkest period in Scottish history to guide the reader past the pitfalls which beset the unwary traveller in these dangerous times Important sources are presented in full and their value as evidence is thoroughly explored and evaluated.

    Picts The most conspicuous survivals are the many Pictish stones that are located all over Pictland, from Inverness to Lanarkshire An illustrated catalogue of these stones was produced by J Romilly Allen as part of The Early Christian Monuments of Scotland, with lists of their symbols and patterns. From Pictland to Alba, Edinburgh University Press From Pictland to Alba is an extremely valuable synthesis of recent scholarship, and a showcase for Woolf s original insights The book is essential reading for scholars and its accessible style should ensure an extensive student readership. From Pictland to Alba, by Alex Woolf Jan , From Pictland to Alba, New Edinburgh History of Scotland In the s northern Britain was dominated by two great kingdoms Pictavia, centred in north eastern Scotland and Northumbria which straddled the modern Anglo Scottish border Within a hundred years both of these kingdoms had been thrown into chaos by the onslaught From Pictland to Alba, on JSTOR From Pictland to Alba, Book Description In the s northern Britain was dominated by two great kingdoms Pictavia, centred in north eastern Scotland and Northumbria which straddled the modern Anglo Scottish border. From Pictland to Scotland Maver Family In AD, the land of modern day Scotland consisted of the kingdoms of the Picts, who inhabited the area north of the Forth Clyde line collectively called Pictland , and the kingdoms of Gododdin and Strathclyde to the south The Picts are generally recognized as the descendants of the Caledonians. From Pictland to Alba, New Edinburgh History of From Pictland to Alba uses fragmentary sources which survive from this darkest period in Scottish history to guide the reader past the pitfalls which beset the unwary traveller in these dangerous times Important sources are presented in full and their value as evidence is thoroughly explored and evaluated. From Pictland to Alba Alex Woolf From Pictland to Alba In the s northern Britain was dominated by two great kingdoms Pictavia, centred in north eastern Scotland and Northumbria which straddled the modern Anglo Scottish border Within a hundred years both of these kingdoms had been thrown into chaos by the onslaught of the Vikings and within two hundred years they The Vikings Pictland the Hebrides Pictland land of the painted people Pictii was the name the Romans attached to the peoples they were confronted with during their campaigns in northern Britain a name that has been intimately clinched to the indigenous peoples of this region ever since They are mentioned in several contemporary roman historical accounts. Pictland The inhabitants of Pictland were a tribal confederation of peoples who lived in what is today eastern and northern Scotland during the late Iron Age a They are thought to have been ethnolinguistically Celtic. From Pictland to Alba, Edinburgh Edinburgh From Pictland to Alba, Edinburgh Edinburgh University Press, .xv pp . cloth , ISBN , . paperback ISBN Reviewed by Alasdair Ross, University of Stirling This book is the second volume in the New Edinburgh History of Scotland series that will comprise ten volumes in total.

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      • Alex Woolf

        Alex Woolf was born in London in 1964 He has worked as a writer and editor for over 20 years and has published over 40 works of fiction and non fiction, mainly for young adults His fiction includes the Chronosphere series, a science fiction trilogy published by Scribo, and Soul Shadows, an interactive e novel published by Fiction Express, and shortly to be published in print by Capstone His short fiction has won or been shortlisted for several competitions He lives in Southgate, North London, with his wife and two children.


    369 Comments

    1. I come into this topic with a relatively low level of knowledge - just broad strokes and generalization, with no focused study. Certainly, I consider myself more knowledgable than the average American, but likely significantly less than the average Britain or Scots in particular. That said, Woolf has managed to make the information terrifically accessible, easily grounding the reader in the material and the voice of his presentation.Granted, it is a history book, and not many people are going to [...]


    2. I'm giving this 3 stars for the breadth of material but it deserves less than that for readability. I've read numerous histories, much of it scholarly work, and found this book to be completely useless. Useless because the author fails to present the information in digestible context. From the outset, he rattles off dates, names, anthropological minutae, and cites endless previous studies before he even frames the scope of the discussion. The book may work for people already steeped in the mater [...]


    3. I was surprised at how readable this book turned out to be. I love reading about the early history of the British Isles anyway, but many books on this subject are a bit dry, best taken a few pages at a time in between more exciting books. This one, on the other hand, I read almost straight through and spent hours online looking up more information and photos afterwards because I was not ready yet to move on to the next book.


    4. I do not agree with some linguistic-related statements concerning the Balkans or with the perspective applied in analysing Scottish history based on Icelandic sagas, but it's a great work and it certainly raises a lot of questions!


    5. An excellent up to date account of the emergence of the Scottish kingdom and the quite strange transition from the apparently stronger and more secure Pictish polity to a gaelic monarchy.


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