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A Short History of Scotland Paperback – March 12, 2010
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With a sly, dry wit that will enthrall today's readers, author Andrew Lang delves into the decadence and corruption of the medieval kings and brings to thrilling life the intrigues and conspiracies that have shaped the true history of a much-fabled nation. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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I found the first 25% to be confounding - a litany of murders, treacheries and religious squabbles that are extremely hard to follow. The rest of the book smoothed out as more detail was supplied. Still, however, it was to me too much of an outline than a history.
I did learn quite a bit, regardless. I may have learned more had I a more thorough knowledge of Scottish history and geography. Lang refers to people, events and geography of which he assumes the reader is familiar. I don't regret the time spent reading this not-too-short "short" history, since it has aroused my curiosity and gave me some avenues for further study.
An unexpected revelation came from Lang's discourse on the religious conflicts of the period. Today we find ourselves perplexed by the fanaticism of Islamic extremists, who cannot hold a candle to those Scottish radicals. We would probably not be here today if the likes of Knox had had nuclear weapons!
This book is worth reading, but only for one who does not mind tedious dredging for interesting tidbits. For others, this would be mightily boring. Had I not been in a reflective mood when I started "A Short History of Scotland" I could easily have given it only one star.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There were way too many assumptions about the reader's previous knowledge of
Scottish and English history.
Terrible. NO MAPS!!!!!! To follow anthing he was talking about. Garbage can a after 5 pages. Should refund money. Doc DAhlkePublished 6 months ago by docdahlke
I suggest a more up to date history. This was first published in 1911.Published 10 months ago by Peter Davis
was very very interesting to read about Celts and the Irish Scottish english triangles
An excellent account
I got this book to prepare me for my future visit to Scotland. It seems to have all the information I need.Published 10 months ago by John Edward Trtek