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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A very good book for anyone interested in Scottish history.
The book itself is very interesting, and though I have not reached the end I have flicked through the last few chapters and feel I can make an informed judgement.
The author does a fine job of showing how the tensions in Scott's persona mirror those of the nation in general.
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 4 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 6 months ago by Deborah S Hastings
This is a masterfully written book that expertly encompasses and explains the whole history of Scotland. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Starrynight
One can really get in this book, and take interest about Scottish history . I liked it and found it to be what I need of this culture knowledge and facts about Scotland I came to... Read morePublished 7 months ago by W. G. Stamper
Scotland certainly had a complex and interesting history. They were and are still a fiesty group of loyal clansmen.
Very well written.
Very interesting, well written, very readable, I couldn’t put it down once I’d started reading. Amazing how power struggles, misguided decisions and the human ego can ruin a... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Elizabeth Larrison
I love all things Scotland, and I learned from this book quite a bit that I didn't already know about the country. But I wonder if Mr. Read morePublished 9 months ago by kandyce
We were getting ready for a trip to Scotland and I wanted to learn more the country. This huge book was written poorly and did not inspire me to read it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Nancy Walts
I found this an easy read. Not like a typical history book. Very comprehensive. Was not a chore to read.Published 13 months ago by Bruce A. Ramos