Alistair Moffat


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in Kelso, Scotland
June 16, 1950

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Alistair Moffat is an award winning writer, historian and former Director of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Director of Programmes at Scottish Television.

Moffat was educated at the University of St Andrews, graduating in 1972 with a degree in Medieval History. He is the founder of the Borders Book Festival and Co-Chairman of The Great Tapestry of Scotland.

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Before Scotland: The Story ...

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The Sea Kingdoms: The Histo...

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The Highland Clans

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The Wall: Rome's Greatest F...

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The Scots: A Genetic Journey

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Scotland: A History from Ea...

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The Reivers: The Story of t...

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Arthur and the Lost Kingdoms

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The Hidden Ways: Scotland's...

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The Faded Map: The Story of...

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“NOT ONLY WAS THE weather miserable, with frequent rains and mists, Britain was also not worth having. The phenomenal expansion of the Roman Empire was driven by what Tacitus called the pretium victoriae, the ‘wages of victory’ or how much wealth could be extracted from the defeated by the conquerors. A sodden landscape, half-hidden by cloud, producing nothing more exciting than cattle, corn and a few substandard pearls, the place was thought simply incapable of delivering a decent return on all that outlay of men, materials and money. Roman commentators dismissed a conquest of Britain as making no sort of economic sense.”
Alistair Moffat, The Scots

“Lindow Man’s death was protracted and almost certainly excruciating – there was no evidence that he had been given a drug. Almost certainly surrounded by priests and perhaps a large congregation gathered to witness an event of immense significance, the young man was first poisoned and then beaten. He was hit on the head with an axe but the blow did not kill him. He lived to be garrotted and have his throat cut. When the priests placed his naked body in Lindow Moss to drown, it is possible that, even at that moment, he was still alive. The victim suffered a multiple death, a rite sometimes known as the triple death, and this savagery survived in Druidic traditions well into the Dark Ages. Merlin or Myrddin was said to have been hit on the head, garrotted and drowned in the River Tweed.”
Alistair Moffat, The Scots

“It was impossible for Catus to understand that, in Celtic society, women had status and could rule. In Rome, women had the same legal standing as children.”
Alistair Moffat, The Scots

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