Something Scottish

Edinburgh: A Cultural and Literary History

By Donald Campbell

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Learn the history and legends behind the places and faces of Scotland's capital city.

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Heritage of Scotland: A Cultural History of Scotland & Its People

By Nathaniel Harris

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A short and beautifully illustrated overview of Scotland. Includes sections on the country's history, geography and culture.

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How the Scots Invented the Modern World

By Arthur Herman

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"Arthur Herman has charted a fascinating journey across the centuries of Scottish history. He lucidly summarizes the ideas, discoveries, and achievements that made this small country facing on the North Atlantic an inspiration and driving force in world history. Here is the untold story of how John Knox and the Church of Scotland laid the foundation for our modern idea of democracy; how the Scottish Enlightenment helped to inspire both the American Revolution and the U.S. Constitution; and how thousands of Scottish immigrants left their homes to create the American frontier, the Australian outback, and the British Empire in India and Hong Kong." From the publisher's description

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In Search of Ancient Scotland: A Guide for the Independent Traveler

By Gerald Ruzicki

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In this friendly, lively book, the authors guide readers to more than 200 ancient monuments to uncover unsual features, legends and history. A descriptive timeline differentiates various eras from the Stone Age to the Renaissance. An index of sites facilitates finding them quickly. A glossary defines common historical, archaeological and Scottish terminology, and references suggest further reading. Sixteen color pages and numerous B&W photos supplement the text. From the publisher's description

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Listening For the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality

By J. Philip Newell

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"This overview of Celtic spirituality goes far beyond New Age considerations and even beyond the usual look at Irish saints. Instead Newell, former Warden of Scotland's Iona Community, explains Celtic spirituality itself -- its theology, its history, how it was overshadowed by the Roman sense of church, and how it has resurfaced as a deep, rich, vibrant way of life."

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Outlander

By Diane Gabaldon

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Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another... In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach, an "outlander"--in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord...1743. Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire's destiny in soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch. She is catapulted without warning into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life ...and shatter her heart. For here, James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire...and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

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Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart

By John Guy

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"Guy draws on sources as varied as the secret communiqués of English spies and Mary"s own letters (many hitherto unstudied) to depict her world and her actions with stunning immediacy. Here is a myth-shattering reappraisal of her multifaceted character and prodigious political skill. Guy dispels the persistent popular image of Mary as a romantic leading lady, achieving her ends through feminine wiles, driven by love to murder, undone by passion and poor judgment.

"Through his pioneering research, we come to see her as an emotionally intricate woman and an adroit diplomat, maneuvering ingeniously among a dizzying array of powerful factions — the French, the English, duplicitous Scottish nobles, and religious zealots — who sought to control or dethrone her. Guy"s investigation of Mary"s storied demise throws sharp new light on questions that have baffled historians for centuries, including whether or not Mary was framed for the murder she lost her throne over."

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Robert the Bruce, King of the Scots

By Ronald McNair Scott

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When medieval Scotland had been reduced to an English vassal state by Edward I, it was Robert the Bruce who united the Scots in rebellion and won Scotland's independence.

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Scotland, the Autobiography: 2,000 Years of Scottish History by Those Who Saw It Happen

By Rosemary Goring

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"Contributors range from Tacitus, Mary, Queen of Scots, and Oliver Cromwell to Adam Smith, David Livingstone, and Billy Connolly. These include not only historic moments--from Bannockburn to the opening of the new parliament in 1999--but also testimonies like that of the eight-year- old factory worker who was dangled by his ear out of a third-floor window for making a mistake; the survivors of the 1746 Battle of Culloden, who wished perhaps that they had died on the field; the breakthrough moment for John Logie Baird, inventor of television; and, the genesis of great works of literature recorded by Conan Doyle, Stevenson, and the editor of Encyclopaedia Britannica.

"From the battlefield to the sports field, this is living, accessible history told by crofters, criminals, servants, housewives, poets, journalists, nurses, politicians, prisoners, comedians, sportsmen, and many more."

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Scotland: The Story of a Nation

By Magnus Magnusson

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"Offering the most up-to-date and comprehensive history of Scotland available, the author explains the roots of the original Scots, he examines how Scotland was shaped by the Roman, the Vikings, and the English, and presents colorful stories of battles, political intrigues, and presents a rich pageant of historical characters."

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