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A Short History of Scotland

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An Unabridged Printing, To Include The Following Chapters With Footnotes: Scotland and the Romans - Christianity: The Rival Kingdoms - Early Wars of Races - Malcolm Canmore: Norman Conquest - David I and His Times - Malcolm the Maiden - Bruce and the War of Independence - Decadence and Disasters: Reign of David II - Early Stewart Kings - James I - James II - James III - Ja ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published March 12th 2010 by Merchant Books (first published June 15th 2005)
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I enjoyed this book, for the most part. But as the title indicates, it is by no means a definitive history of Scotland. I read it as an introduction to the subject (or an overview, for a reader already familiar with Scottish history). Having studied English history, I wondered what was really going on in Scotland during the time of Viking raids, the Norman invasion, the Reformation, etc - events that are more commonly understood from the English perspective. It was interesting to read about the ...more
What it says on the tin...
Although the content of this "short history" is as-advertised, my prevailing thought while slogging my way through it was "This is why so many people hate history". I generally find history compelling and fascinating, and have a particular interest in Scotland, but this history - entirely focused around the military, religious, and royal leadership of the country with only hints of the socio-cultural evolution - had none of the humanizing anecdotes or interesting tidbit
Fact after fact with no style and only determination got me through it. It did help that I had just been to Edinburgh--to Holyrood, to St. Giles, to Greyfriars, to the castle. Many other place names were familiar because of my trip. I also just read the first two books in the Outlander series, so I have a theme going. Of note, I did not realize the extremism that was caused by the Presbyterians. Beginning with John Knox, the Scots essentially lived under or were perpetrators of religious terrori ...more
Timeline and Family Trees Required
I cried and bled my way through this book. OK, maybe not bled. But it felt like an school essay, full of names, dates and places, with little story of processes and causes. For a person familiar with history of Scotland it might be a great book - for me it was overwhelming. Too much information.
Terri Church
Very detailed. The abundance of names and titles per person makes and the book does not follow a strick chronological order making it somewhat confusing. Editorial comments abounded added some humor. Not a modern read, but informative and interesting nontheless.The author gives great recognition to the women of Scotland for making the men go to war. An interesting thought.
This 1911 work is a solid overview of Scottish history from the olden times to the last of the Jacobite uprisings. It is a concise history, which I imagine is perhaps a condensed version of Lang's own four-volume "A History of Scotland: From the Roman Occupation," which was published from 1900-1907.
Timothy Ferguson
An average history, although well read in the librivox edition

Well read, but not quite well enough written to get more stars. Good, but not particularly good compared to other histories.

Straight forward history accounting. Lots of recounting of facts, dates, etc.
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Andrew Gabriel Lang was a prolific Scots man of letters. He was a poet, novelist, and literary critic, and a contributor to anthropology. He now is best known as a collector of folk and fairy tales.
The Andrew Lang Lectures at St. Andrews University are named for him. He also rewrote the famous The 12 Dancing Princesses, originally done by the Grimm Brothers. Andrew Lang did the French version.
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