The Isle of Man is a small island off the northwest coast of England in the Irish Sea. Though heavily influenced by nearby England, Ireland, Wales, and Scotland, it possesses a distinct culture all its own that is reflected in everything from its language, Manx, to its independent parliament, the Tynwald, a legacy of Viking rule. A New History of the Isle of Man takes a fascinating, in-depth look at the island's past.
The third volume of the series, examining the medieval era, reveals the period to be extraordinarily important in the Isle of Man's development, as the island's proximity to Britain, Ireland, and Scandinavia made it a nexus of differing military, political, economic, and ecclesiastical aims. Such competing interests helped lay the foundations of the current Manx culture, creating a truly unique society similar to many of its neighbors but the same as none.