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Scotland : a concise history
Maclean, Fitzroy, 1911-1996.
Second revised edition / revised and updated edition with a new chapter by Magnus Linklater.
Publication Information:
London : Thames & Hudson, 2000.
Physical Description:
248 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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It is a complex one too, but Sir Fitzroy Maclean disentangles the threads and enlivens his brisk account with both wit and scholarship. Pictures from authentic contemporary sources illuminate his story--its romantic figures and bloody battles, its politics and religion--and provide a rich visual record of Scotland's art, craftsmanship, and intellectual life. For this revised edition, the distinguished journalist Magnus Linklater (former editor of The Scotsman), explores the renewed strengths of Scottish identity as the country enters the new millennium with a new parliament. 250 b/w illustrations.

Author Notes

Magnus Linklater is a Scottish journalist who lives in Edinburgh.

Table of Contents

Magnus Linklater
1 'Polished From the Rust of Scottish Barbarity'p. 9
The mists of antiquity
The Romans
Four races
The coming of Christianity
The Norsemen
Malcolm Ceann Mor
The Normans
The French Alliance
The Maid of Norway
The Succession
Edward I of England
2 'Not for Glory, Nor Riches, Nor Honour, But Only for That Liberty'p. 37
William Wallace
Robert Bruce
The House of Stewart
The great nobles
The Kingdom of the Isles
The Red Harlaw
3 'They Spend all Their Time in Wars and When There is No War They Fight One Another'p. 63
James IV
The Renaissance
The Highland Clans
The Auld Alliance
Flodden Field
Brawling nobles
The Rough Wooing
The coming of the Reformation
John Knox
Mary Queen of Scots
Her abdication
4 'The Great Marriage Day of This Nation With God'p. 101
A succession of Regents
James VI and the Kirk
'No Bishops, no King'
The Union of the Crowns
The rise of Clan Campbell
Charles I
The National Covenant
5 'Ane End of Ane Auld Sang'p. 133
The Commonwealth
The Restoration
Charles II
The Covenanters
The Killing Time
James VII
William and Mary
Mi-run mor nan Gall
The Union
6 'The King Over the Water'p. 157
The Fifteen
Old Mr Melancholy
The Nineteen
The Forty-Five
Charlie's Year
7 'For a' That'p. 181
'Lochaber no more'
'The more the mischief the better the sport'
The Crown as link
Industrial Revolution
Political stagnation
A flowering of the arts
Return of confidence
The Empire
The established Church
The Reform Bill
The shifting balance of the parties
More devolution
The Scottish economy
Union or separation?
8 'The Settled Will of the Scottish People'p. 224
Proposals for a Parliament
The successful referendum
The new coalition
Scots in charge
List of Illustrationsp. 232
Indexp. 243