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From Caledonia to Pictland : Scotland to 795

Author: Forsyth.
Publisher: Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English

From Caledonia to Pictland examines the transformation of Iron Age northern Britain into a land of Christian kingdoms, long before 'Scotland' came into existence.


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Forsyth.
ISBN: 9780748612314 0748612319 9780748612321 0748612327
OCLC Number: 656151187
Notes: Hardback.
Contents: Introduction: Fabulousness, Obscurity and Difficulty: narrative history to 795; PART ONE: THE PASSING OF CALEDONIA (69-597); Chapter 1: New Nations: Caledonia from Cerialis to Caracalla; Chapter 2: The Later Roman Iron Age and the Origins of the Picts; Chapter 3: Uinniau, 'Ninian' and the Early Church in Scotland; Chapter 4: Word and Example: Columba in northern Britain; Postscript: 'The Roman Interlude'; PART TWO: THE AGE OF THE KINGS OF BAMBURGH (576-692); Chapter 5: High Lords of Princes: Aedan, Urbgen and Aeoilfrith, 576-616; Chapter 6: Sighs of Sorrow: Iona and the kingdoms of northern Britain, 616-43; Chapter 7: Emperor of All Britain: Oswy and his hegemony, 642-70; Chapter 8: Bull of the North: Bridei son of Beli and fall of the Aeoilfrithings, 671-92; Postscript: Scotland and the Aeoilfrithing Legacy; PART THREE: THE PICTISH PROJECT (692-789); Chapter 9: League and Iron: Bridei son of Der-Ilei, Iona and Argyll, 692-707; Chapter 10: Nations Reformed: Northumbria and Pictavia, 704-24; Chapter 11: 'When Oengus Took Alba': despot, butcher and king, 728-61; Chapter 12: Dragons in the Air: a doubtful generation, 761-89; Chapter 13: Regime-Craft in Early Historic Northern Britain; Postscript: Remote from the Roman Nation; Timeline; Guide to Further Reading; Bibliography
Responsibility: Forsyth.


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The field of 'Pictish studies' has advanced in Scotland in recent years. The author has been at the forefront of some of these developments and this book is a measure both of his intellectual ability Read more...

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