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Moffat, Alistair 1950-

Overview
Works: 55 works in 148 publications in 1 language and 4,314 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Legends  Popular works  Genealogy  Sources 
Roles: Author, Editor, Composer
Classifications: DA777, 941.101
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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 )

7 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 601 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 333 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 2011 in English and held by 290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alistair Moffat's journey, from the Scottish islands and Scotland, to the English coast, Wales, Cornwall and Ireland, ignores national boundaries to reveal the rich fabric of culture and history of Celtic Britain which still survives today. This is a vividly told, dramatic and enlightening account of the oral history, legends and battles of a people whose past stretches back many hundred of years. The Sea Kingdoms is a story of great tragedies, ancient myths and spectacular beauty
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 267 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 258 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 )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and held by 250 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 reivers : the story of the Border reivers by Alistair Moffat( Book )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a page-turning history, lucidly written, and it is enhanced by a selection of five famous Border ballads. One of the best reads of the year, without doubt' - Hamish Coghill, Scottish Life'This is a history as exciting and dramatic as the Border ballads themselves' - Cumberland News 'a most compelling, thought-provoking and entertaining history' - The HeraldOnly one period in history is immediately, indelibly and uniquely linked to the whole area of the Scottish and English Border country, and that is the time of the Reivers. Whenever anyone mentions 'Reiver', no-one hesitates to add 'B
The British : a genetic journey by Alistair Moffat( Book )

4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 130 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 Bri
The Scots : a genetic journey by Alistair Moffat( Book )

4 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 127 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
Tuscany : history by Alistair Moffat( Book )

4 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

If you travel to the region, you'll want to take with you Moffat's Tuscany: A History; and if you read the book, you'll want to travel to the region' - The Herald 'In this compelling narrative - Moffat takes the reader on a delicious trip through the geography, history and culture of the region - an impressive book' - Sunday Telegraph 'facts and figures are woven into a sun-drenched meditation on the character of the place and its people' - The ScotsmanEver since the days of the Grand Tour, Tuscany has cast its spell over the British. Attracted by the perfect combination of history, art, archi
The Edinburgh Fringe by Alistair Moffat( Book )

4 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Highly readable ... a lively, clear style.' - Northern HistoryThis 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, whe
The faded map : lost kingdoms of Scotland by Alistair Moffat( Book )

4 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Modern communications have driven motorways and pylons through the countryside, dwarfed us with TV and telephone masts and drastically altered the way in which we move around, see and understand Scotland. 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. It 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. In this fascinating account, Ali
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 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bannockburn : the battle for a nation by Alistair Moffat( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 54 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
The great tapestry of Scotland : the making of a masterpiece by Susan Mansfield( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The brainchild of bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith, historian Alistair Moffat and artist Andrew Crummy, the Great Tapestry of Scotland is an outstanding celebration of thousands of years of Scottish history and achievement, from the end of the last Ice Age to Dolly the Sheep. Like the Bayeux tapestry, the Great Tapestry of Scotland has been created on embroidered cloth, and is annotated in English, Gaelic, Scots and Latin. This book, with a foreword by Alexander McCall Smith, tells the story of this unique undertaking - one of the biggest community arts projects ever to take plac
Britain's last frontier : a journey along the Highland line by Alistair Moffat( Book )

4 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
The great tapestry of Scotland by Alistair Moffat( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The brainchild of bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith, historian Alistair Moffat and artist Andrew Crummy, the Great Tapestry of Scotland is an outstanding celebration of thousands of years of Scottish history and achievement, from the end of the last Ice Age to Dolly the Sheep. Like the Bayeux tapestry, the Great Tapestry of Scotland has been created on embroidered cloth, and is annotated in English, Gaelic, Scots and Latin. This book, with a foreword by Alexander McCall Smith, tells the story of this unique undertaking - one of the biggest community arts projects ever to take place in Scotland - and reproduces in full colour a selection of the panels from the completed tapestry, together with descriptive and explanatory material. It is published to coincide with the completion of the tapestry in August 2013
Britain's last frontier : walking the Highland Line by James Naughtie( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 34 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

 
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Before Scotland : the story of Scotland before history
Alternative Names
Alistair Moffat Journalist

Moffat, Alistair

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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 reivers : the story of the Border reiversThe Scots : a genetic journeyTuscany : history