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Moffat, Alistair 1950-

Overview
Works: 57 works in 160 publications in 1 language and 4,150 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Legends  Popular works  Genealogy  Sources 
Roles: Author, Composer, Editor
Classifications: DA777, 941.101
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works about Alistair Moffat
 
Most widely held works by Alistair Moffat
Before Scotland : the story of Scotland before history by Alistair Moffat( Book )

8 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 606 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The story of the land that became Scotland is one of dramatic geological events and impressive human endeavour. Alistair Moffat's narrative begins 10,000 years ago, when the power of icebreak and meltwater at the close of the Ice Age produced the familiar Scottish geography of mountains, glens, flatlands and coasts. Bands of hunters moved north, many of whom probably crossed from the lost peninsula of Doggerland, so vividly evoked by the author. Modern DNA studies show that almost 80 per cent of the present population of Britain are the direct descendants of these first hunter-gatherer-fishers." "The author displays his knowledge, interweaving the narrative with numerous special features on topics such as cave drawings of dancing girls, natural birth control, the myth of Atlantis and the Zoroastrian Towers of Silence - all of them valuable, sometimes quirky, additions to the whole picture."--Jacket
The Highland clans by Alistair Moffat( Book )

6 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The images bring the stories to life with historical portraits and depictions of significant events such as the battles or the Highland dances, to name but a few
The sea kingdoms : the story of Celtic Britain and Ireland by Alistair Moffat( Book )

7 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a narrative history of the legends and known events of the Celts and their past, based on a journey from Shetland, down the west coast of Scotland, the Isle of Man and the Outer Hebrides, across to Ireland, back to Anglesey, the west Welsh coast, back to Ireland again and finally Cornwall
Remembering Charles Rennie Mackintosh : an illustrated biography by Alistair Moffat( Book )

12 editions published between 1989 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Arthur and the lost kingdoms by Alistair Moffat( Book )

11 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Historians have failed to show convincingly that King Arthur existed, for a good reason: they have been looking in the wrong place, in Wales or the West of England. The real Arthur, Alistair Moffat argues, was not a king but a cavalry general, a prince of a Welsh-speaking southern Scottish tribe known as the Votadini by the Romans and the Gododdin by themselves. In a brilliant campaign, fought mostly in Scotland, Arthur defeated the Picts to the north and the Angles to the south. He halted the tide of invasion for a generation and gave Celtic Britain a breathing space to regroup and for parts of it to survive." "Alistair Moffat's conclusions are based not only on archaeology and documents but also on an analysis of the ancient place-names of the rivers, hills and settlements of southern Scotland. The author's search leads him in the final chapters to Arthur's headquarters - his Camelot - now truly a lost city where not one stone remains standing upon another." "Despite Germanic, Norse and other invasions, Britain has remained in essence a Celtic country. Arthur and the Lost Kingdoms will restore what our Anglo-Saxon history has hidden from us, a lost sense of our Celtic selves."--Jacket
The wall : Rome's greatest frontier by Alistair Moffat( Book )

11 editions published between 2008 and 2017 in English and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Hadrian's Wall is the largest, most spectacular and one of the most enigmatic historical monuments in Britain. Nothing else approaches its vast scale: a land wall running 73 miles from east to west and a sea wall stretching at least 26 miles down the Cumbrian coast." "Built in a ten-year period by more than 30,000 soldiers and labourers at the behest of an extraordinary emperor, the Wall consisted of more than 24 million stones, giving it a mass greater than all the Egyptian pyramids put together. At least a million people visit Hadrian's Wall each year and it has been designated a World Heritage Site." "In this new book, based on literary and historical sources as well as the latest archaeological research, Alistair Moffat considers who built the Wall, how it was built, why it was built and how it affected the native peoples who lived in its mighty shadow."--Jacket
The British : a genetic journey by Alistair Moffat( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Hidden inside all of us – every human being on Earth – is the story of our ancestry. Printed on our DNA are the origins of our lineages, the time in history and prehistory when they arose, and the epic journeys people have made across the globe. Based on exciting new research involving the most wide-ranging sampling of DNA ever made in Britain, Alistair Moffat, author of the bestselling The Scots: A Genetic Journey, shows how all of us who live on these islands are immigrants. The last ice age erased any trace of more ancient inhabitants, and the ancestors of everyone who now lives in Britain came here after the glaciers retreated and the land greened once more. In an epic narrative, sometimes moving, sometimes astonishing, always revealing, Moffat writes an entirely new history of Britain. Instead of the usual parade of the usual suspects– kings, queens, saints, warriors and the notorious – this is a people’s history, a narrative made from stories only DNA can tell which offers insights into who we are and where we come from."--Publisher description
The Scots : a genetic journey by Alistair Moffat( Book )

4 editions published between 2011 and 2017 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"History has always mattered to Scots, and rarely more so than now at the outset of a new century, with a new census appearing in 2011 and after more than ten years of a new parliament. An almost limitless archive of our history lies hidden inside our bodies and we carry the ancient story of Scotland around with us. The mushrooming of genetic studies, of DNA analysis, is rewriting our history in spectacular fashion. In The Scots: A Genetic Journey, Alistair Moffat explores the history that is printed on our genes, and in a remarkable new approach, uncovers the detail of where we are from, who we are and in so doing colour vividly a DNA map of Scotland"--Publisher's website
The reivers : the story of the Border reivers by Alistair Moffat( Book )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2017 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the early fourteenth century to the end of the sixteenth, the Anglo-Scottish borderlands witnessed one of the most intense periods of warfare and disorder ever seen in modern Europe. As a consequence of near-constant conflict between England and Scotland, Borderers suffered unimaginably at the bands of marauding armies, who ravaged the land, destroying crops, slaughtering cattle, burning whole settlements and killing indiscriminately. Forced by extreme circumstances, many Borderers took in reiving to ensure the survival of their families and communities. For the best part of 300 years, countless raiding parties made their way over the border, from Dumfriesshire to the high wastes of East Cumbria, from Roxburghshire to Redesdale, from the lonely valley of Liddesdale to the fortress city of Carlisle. Often they returned under cover of darkness, leading their precious cargo of stolen livestock through desolate landscapes in order to avoid detection." "The story of the Reivers is one of survival, stealth, treachery, ingenuity and deceit, and is brought to life in Alistair Moffat's new book."--Jacket
Tuscany : history by Alistair Moffat( Book )

4 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What is it that makes this exquisite part of Italy so seductive? To answer this question Alistair Moffat embarks on a journey into Tuscanys past."--Publisher's description
The Edinburgh Fringe by Alistair Moffat( Book )

5 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The faded map : lost kingdoms of Scotland by Alistair Moffat( Book )

4 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book brings to vivid life the half-forgotten kings and kingdoms of two thousand years ago, of the time of the Romans, the Dark Ages and into the early medieval period. Though recent politics and logistics have established borders and jurisdictions which now seem permanent and impervious, The Faded Map looks beyond these to remember a land that was once quiet and green. In this fascinating account, Alistair Moffat describes the landscape these men and women moved through and talks of a Celtic society which spoke to itself in Old Welsh, where the Sons of Prophesy ruled, and the time when the English kings of Bernicia held sway over vast swathes of what is now Scotland. Heroes rode out of the mists to challenge them and then join with them. The faint echo of the din of ancient battles can be heard as Alistair Moffat takes the reader on a remarkable journey around a lost Scotland
The Borders : a history of the Borders from earliest times by Alistair Moffat( Book )

5 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is the story of the border: a place of beginnings and endings, of differences and similarities. It is the story of England and Scotland, told not from the remoteness of London or Edinburgh or in the tired terms of national histories, but up close and personal, toe to toe and eyeball to eyeball across the tweed, the Cheviots, the Esk and the tidal races of the upper Solway. This is a tale told in blood, fun and granite-hard memory. This is the story of an ancient place; where hunter-gatherers penetrated into the virgin interior, where Celtic warlords ruled, the Romans came but could not conquer, where the glittering kingdom of Northumbria thrived, the place where David MacMalcolm raised great abbeys, where the border rivers rode into history, and where Walter Scott sat at Abbotsford and brooded on the area's rich and historic legacy."--Publisher description
Scotland : a history from earliest times by Alistair Moffat( Book )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the Ice Age to the recent Scottish Referendum, historian and author Alistair Moffat explores the history of the Scottish nation. As well as focusing on key moments in the nation's history such as the Battle of Bannockburn and the Jacobite Risings, Moffat also features other episodes in history that are perhaps less well documented. From prehistoric timber halls to inventions and literature, Moffat's tale explores the drama of battle, change, loss and invention interspersed with the lives of ordinary Scottish folk, the men and women who defined a nation"--Publisher's website
Bannockburn : the battle for a nation by Alistair Moffat( Book )

3 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Best-selling author Alistair Moffat offers fresh insights into one of the most famous battles in history. As 8,000 Scottish solders, most of them spearmen, faced 18,000 English infantrymen, archers and mounted knights on the morning of Sunday 23 June 1314, many would have that the result a foregone conclusion. But after two days' fighting, the English were routed. Edward II fled to Dunbar and took ship for home, and only one English unit escaped from Scotland intact. The emphatic defeat of much larger English force was the moment that enabled Scotland to remain independent and pursue a di
Tyneside : a history of Newcastle and Gateshead from earliest times by Alistair Moffat( Book )

3 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Britain's last frontier : a journey along the Highland line by Alistair Moffat( Book )

3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Highland Line is Britain's last meaningful frontier. First recognised by Agricola in the first century AD (parts of its most northerly section mark the furthest north the Romans advanced), it divides the country both geologically and culturally, signalling the border between Highland and Lowland, Celtic and English-speaking, crofting and farming. In Britain's Last Frontier, best-selling author Alistair Moffat makes a journey of the imagination as well as through geography, tracing the route of the Line from the battlefield at Culloden, along the Moray coast with occasional forays into the
Britain's last frontier : walking the Highland Line by James Naughtie( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Homing : a memoir by Alistair Moffat( Book )

3 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hawick : a history from earliest times by Alistair Moffat( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beneath the familiar streets and closes lies an immense story - the remarkable and unique story of Hawick. Full of anecdote and history which will appeal to all locals and those who can trace their ancestry back to one of the Borders' most vibrant communities. As Hawick celebrates the 500th anniversary of the fight at Hornshole, the first stirrings of the defining traditions of the common riding, Alistair Moffat takes the narrative much further back into the mists of prehistory, to the time of the Romans, the coming of the Angles and the Normans. He recounts how Hawick got its name, where the
 
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Before Scotland : the story of Scotland before history
Alternative Names
Alistair Moffat Journalist

Languages
English (113)

Covers
The Highland clansThe sea kingdoms : the story of Celtic Britain and IrelandRemembering Charles Rennie Mackintosh : an illustrated biographyArthur and the lost kingdomsThe wall : Rome's greatest frontierThe Scots : a genetic journeyThe reivers : the story of the Border reiversTuscany : history