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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.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I have truly enjoyed reading this book. It flows very well and covers parts of the history of Scotland and the United Kingdom in general that I never came across in an American... Read morePublished 11 days ago by shoshanna payne
I have read other books on aspects of the history of Scotland (some can be tedious and unbalanced). This is by far the best. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is a wonderful book. Having come from the Wallace Clan, I wanted to especially read about the period of William Wallace...I believe Scot DNA is very different. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ann Telling
I have read this book, well parts of it anyway once or twice; and I can tell you that you may never find a more helpful history of scotland anywhere at any time. Read morePublished 2 months ago by W.K.G
Wonderful book! Easy to read , a very good introduction to the Scottish history.Published 2 months ago by Pailin Gordon
It was described to me as a simple overview of the Nation, this 1- 1/2" tomb is not a quick read. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joan Hurlbut
Excellent, engaging, inciteful - I read this book before and during a 2 week trip to Scotland. Many of the Scottish friends that I made while there knew about Magnusson and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Daniel Fletcher
A great history for the non-academic. I would highly recommend as a fun and engaging read.Published 6 months ago by George
Despite being over 700 pages long, this book is a great taster for those interested in Scottish history. Read morePublished 7 months ago by History Researcher