From Pictland to Alba, 789-1070

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Edinburgh University Press, Oct 26, 2007 - History - 400 pages
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In the 780s northern Britain was dominated by two great kingdoms; Pictavia, centred in north-eastern Scotland and Northumbria which straddled the modern Anglo-Scottish border. Within a hundred years both of these kingdoms had been thrown into chaos by the onslaught of the Vikings and within two hundred years they had become distant memories. This book charts the transformation of the political landscape of northern Britain between the eighth and the eleventh centuries. Central to this narrative is the mysterious disappearance of the Picts and their language and the sudden rise to prominence of the Gaelic-speaking Scots who would replace them as the rulers of the North. From Pictland to Alba uses fragmentary sources which survive from this darkest period in Scottish history to guide the reader past the pitfalls which beset the unwary traveller in these dangerous times. Important sources are presented in full and their value as evidence is thoroughly explored and evaluated.
 

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From Pictland To Alba is a terrific study of late 1st millenium AD Scotland, drawing together in a brilliantly accessible way the competing societies of northern Britain. This is the 2nd book in the ... Read full review

Contents

Northern Britain in the Eighth Century
1
Events 7891070
39
The Coming of the Vikings
41
The Scaldingi and the Transformation of Northumbria
68
Last Days of the Pictish Kingdom 83989
87
The Grandsons of Cinaed and the Grandsons of Ímar
122
The Later Tenth Century A Turmoil of Warring Princes
177
The Fall of the House of Alpín and the Moray Question
220
Scandinavian Scotland
275
Pictavia to Albania
312
Table of Events
351
Guide to Further Reading
353
The Principal Medieval Chronicles used in this Volume
357
Bibliography
360
Index
370
Copyright

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Alex Woolf is Lecturer in Early Scottish History at the University of St Andrews

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