From Caledonia to Pictland: Scotland to 795

Shortlisted for the 2009 Saltire Society History Book of the Year, From Caledonia to Pictland examines the transformation of Iron Age northern Britain into a land of Christian kingdoms, long before Scotland came into existence Perched at the edge of the western Roman Empire, northern Britain was not unaffected by the experience, and became swept up in the great tide ofShortlisted for the 2009 Saltire Society History Book of the Year, From Caledonia to Pictland examines the transformation of Iron Age northern Britain into a land of Christian kingdoms, long before Scotland came into existence Perched at the edge of the western Roman Empire, northern Britain was not unaffected by the experience, and became swept up in the great tide of processes which gave rise to the early medieval West.Like other places, the country experienced social and ethnic metamorphoses, Christianisation, and colonization by dislocated outsiders, but northern Britain also has its own unique story to tell in the first eight centuries AD.This book is the first detailed political history to treat these centuries as a single period, with due regard for Scotland s position in the bigger story of late Antique transition From Caledonia to Pictland charts the complex and shadowy processes which saw the familiar Picts, Northumbrians, North Britons and Gaels of early Scottish history become established in the country, the achievements of their foremost political figures, and their ongoing links with the world around them It is a story that has become much revised through changing trends in scholarly approaches to the challenging evidence, and that transformation too is explained for the benefit of students and general readers.
From Caledonia to Pictland Scotland to Shortlisted for the Saltire Society History Book of the Year From Caledonia to Pictland examines the transformation of Iron Age northern Britain into a land of Christian kingdoms long before Sc

  • Title: From Caledonia to Pictland: Scotland to 795
  • Author: James E. Fraser
  • ISBN: 9780748612321
  • Page: 347
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “From Caledonia to Pictland: Scotland to 795”

    1. The first of a new detailed Scottish history. The story is made difficult to unravel because of the lack of adequate source material and as such history has to be based on a mix of legend, limited records and educated conjecture. James Fraser manages to do this well and convincingly. I did read this after I had finished the succeeding book but none the worse for that and arguably it made the history more comprehensible.

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