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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Despite being over 700 pages long, this book is a great taster for those interested in Scottish history. Read morePublished 4 days ago by History Lover
Read this one about the same time as A History of Scotland. Together, they were indeed helpful. I liked them both.Published 7 days ago by Wayne McKirdy
this is a fantastic book for someone who wants to learn the history of Scotland.Published 1 month ago by JLKO
Easy to read, informative, well researched info and Outstanding read!Published 2 months ago by Edith M. Sauter
If you have Scottish ancestors, like us, anywhere in your background, you'll love this story.Published 2 months ago by LindaPage
So much great info and research went into this book. Most enjoyable as are the photos.Published 3 months ago by avid reader U.S.