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  • Scotland

  • A History from Earliest Times
  • By: Alistair Moffat
  • Narrated by: Ruth Urquhart
  • Length: 23 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Summary

Five hundred million years of Scottish history from the author of Arthur and the Lost Kingdoms: "Deserves a prominent place in the history canon" (Scots Magazine).

Covering the Ice Age to the recent Scottish Referendum, the acclaimed historian and author explores the history of the Scottish nation. Focusing on key moments such as the Battle of Bannockburn and the Jacobite risings, Moffat also features other episodes in history that are perhaps less well documented.

From prehistoric timber halls to inventions and literature, Moffat's epic explores the drama of battle, change, loss, and innovation interspersed with the lives of ordinary Scottish folk, the men and women who defined a nation.

©2015, 2017 Alistair Moffat (P)2021 Tantor
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The Best Scottish history book I have ever read!

If you have ever wanted to know the whole story about this incredible and complex country you must have this. You will not find any that even comes close. A treasure for today and tomorrow. Thank you Alistair.

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comprehensive and informative

a good comprehensive history, but I felt that it lacked narrative, analysis or evaluation. Feels like you end up with something that leaves you without much to admire, respect or learn from.

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Good listen

I found it overall to be a good book. As an introduction to Scotland's history excellent.
The narrator however surprised me as obviously a Scot her pronunciation of place names was sometimes way off.

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If you enjoy digression, this book is for you.

This book seems more like an endless digression and less like an actual discussion on Scottish history. It jumps from 8,000 BC to the signing of the declaration of Arbroath and back, via hunter gatherers in Doggerland and Scandanavia.

I'm sure there is a point, but to be frank I'm missing it.

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