Magnus Magnusson, a native of Iceland who has long lived in and written about Scotland, may spoil it for some readers when he writes that Wallace's Sword probably wasn't Wallace's. To use it, Wallace would have had to have stood at least 6-foot-6 in height and to have lived two centuries later. The business of the sword is just one of the "cherished conceptions" about Scottish history that Magnusson picks apart and then, corrected and improved, restores. At other turns he considers the true identity of the legendary king Macbeth (and entertains some surprising but plausible theories about the king's alter ego); reconstructs decisive battles such as Otterburn, Flodden, and Glencoe; and looks closely at the complicated negotiations (and, many would say, treacheries) that led to the union with England of 1707. Magnusson closes with an account of modern independence movements and the recent return of some measure of national autonomy, opening a "new chapter in a nation's story, which the people of Scotland are now beginning to write."
Lucid, witty, and unafraid of controversy, Magnusson's book does a fine job of condensing a complex history, stretching out for 10 millennia, into a single volume. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Easy to read, informative, well researched info and Outstanding read!Published 2 days ago by Edith M. Sauter
If you have Scottish ancestors, like us, anywhere in your background, you'll love this story.Published 2 days ago by LindaPage
So much great info and research went into this book. Most enjoyable as are the photos.Published 1 month ago by avid reader U.S.
I had seen this book out in stores, but the price kept me from buying it. I got a great deal on it through Amazon, and it is a good read and source of information on Scottish... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Gary R. Yaden
Great writer. Lots of good info. Greater understanding as to the ancient development across Scotland. Explains a lot of the various groups involved anciently,Published 9 months ago by Ken Hayes
Great history on Scotland! However, it could use some deeper explanations of language and definitions. But very informative. Holds the interest.Published 12 months ago by Deborah S Hastings