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Fians, Fairies, And Picts... Paperback – March 29, 2012
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I'm not sure how well the discussions would hold up against current cultural, historical and archaeological evidence, but it was a really interesting read, and clearly exhibits some of the best reasoning of that time. There is a light underlying tone of ethnocentrism towards the 'civilized' people of Great Britain, but nothing inexcusable for the time in which this was first written.
My only complaints are:
A) The foot notes are not linked
B) There are no illustrations
A is a mild irritation (though linking would have improved the experience), but B is really quite frustrating because almost half the book deals with discussing the plates in great detail--only there are no plates for the kindle reader to refer back to. If the pictures had been there I'd have given it the full five stars.
I found it interesting that someone so learned a few hundred years ago has reached the same tentative conclusions as I have concerning the fairy race. I, too, believe they are based on an actual race of people (or several races in different places) who did exist. I believe (and this writer does, also) that what likely happened is that over time the race was absorbed into other groups of people as the lands they lived on were invaded and conquered.
The references and footnotes have given me a lot to seek out and see what I can find! Especially the extensive descriptions of the mound dwellings. I wish the drawings and diagrams were with the Kindle edition of the book, but they were not reproduced.
Oh well, it gives me something to research. And I love research.Read more ›
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Information that I hadn't been able to find elsewhere. I was doing research on my Pictish ancestors. This little book was a tremendous help at understanding who they were.Published 20 months ago by Dayle McKinney