42nd out of 61 books — 34 voters
Alba: Celtic Scotland in the Medieval Era
This volume commemorates, complements and, in several aspects, revises, some of the findings of W.F. Skene's "Celtic Scotland" published over a century ago. It examines various aspects of the history of Celtic or Gaelic-speaking Scotland from the sub-Roman period to the 16th century.
Paperback, 282 pages
Published April 28th 2000 by Birlinn Ltd
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10 chapters on different subjects, fruit of a conference, so these are academic papers & not light reading. I'd say there was a bit less of the "Celtic" than the title implies - interesting though for anyone like me who had a very Anglo-centric education and therefore doesn't know much about medieval Scottish history. As well as the Celtic/Gaelic elements, there is quite a bit on Norse links, and some startling insights into family relationships and in-fighting (lots of aristocratic children...more