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The invention of Scotland : myth and history

Author: H R Trevor-Roper
Publisher: New Haven [Conn.] ; London : Yale University Press, ©2008.
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"This book argues that while Anglo-Saxon culture has given rise to virtually no myths at all, myth has played a central role in the historical development of Scottish identity. Trevor-Roper explores three myths across 400 years of Scottish history: the political myth of the 'ancient constitution' of Scotland; the literary myth, including Walter Scott as well as Ossian and ancient poetry; and the sartorial myth of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: H R Trevor-Roper
ISBN: 9780300136869 0300136862
OCLC Number: 162507375
Description: xxi, 282 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: The political myth. Scotia's rise to glory? --
George Buchanan --
Buchanan's nemesis --
The literary myth. The search for a Celtic Homer --
James Macpherson and Fingal --
The controversy over Ossian --
The sartorial myth. The coming of the kilt --
The tartan.
Responsibility: Hugh Trevor-Roper.
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Argues that while Anglo-Saxon culture has given rise to virtually no myths at all, myth has played a central role in the historical development of Scottish identity. This book reveals myth as an  Read more...

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