By James E. Fraser
Shortlisted for the 2009 Saltire Society historical past ebook of the YearFrom Caledonia to Pictland examines the transformation of Iron Age northern Britain right into a land of Christian kingdoms, lengthy earlier than 'Scotland' got here into life. Perched on the fringe of the western Roman Empire, northern Britain was once now not unaffected via the event, and have become swept up within the nice tide of strategies which gave upward thrust to the early medieval West. Like different areas, the rustic skilled social and ethnic metamorphoses, Christianisation, and colonization through dislocated outsiders, yet northern Britain additionally has its personal targeted tale to inform within the first 8 centuries AD.This booklet is the 1st distinct political historical past to regard those centuries as a unmarried interval, with due regard for Scotland's place within the higher tale of overdue vintage transition. From Caledonia to Pictland charts the advanced and shadowy procedures which observed the time-honored Picts, Northumbrians, North Britons and Gaels of early Scottish heritage develop into demonstrated within the nation, the achievements in their most excellent political figures, and their ongoing hyperlinks with the realm round them. it's a tale that has develop into a lot revised via altering traits in scholarly methods to the hard facts, and that transformation too is defined for the advantage of scholars and basic readers.
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