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A Short History of Scotland

Andrew Lang

Book Overview: 

A Short History of Scotland is a consise introduction to the history of Scotland from Roman times to the last Jacobite rebellion, written by the author of a much longer Scottish history.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ernor to the king, his son married the king’s eldest sister, Mary, and became Earl of Arran.  But brief was the triumph of the Boyds.  In 1469 James married Margaret of Norway; Orkney and Shetland were her dower; but while Arran negotiated the affair abroad, at home the fall of his house was arranged.  Boyd fled the country; the king’s sister, divorced from young Arran, married the Lord Hamilton; and his family, who were Lords of Cadzow under Robert Bruce, and had been allies of the Black Douglases till their fall, became the nearest heirs of the royal Stewarts, if that family were extinct.  The Hamiltons, the wealthiest house in Scotland, never produced a man of great ability, but their nearness to the throne and their ambition were storm-centres in the time of Mary Stuart and James VI., and even as late as the Union in 1707.

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Community Reviews

loved this one

Timeline and Family Trees Required

Grief I started this book weeks ago and although I like reading several books at the same time, (I change around when I feel the need for a change!), I have only just finished it. It is an extremely long complicated book, well the history of scotland seems very complicated and is very much intertwin

Hard work

Written in contemporary prose, assumes a lot of knowledge on the part of the reader which no doubt was more commonly held at the time but ultimately worth the perseverance.

I enjoyed this. Good facts. Not more than facts. It seems like some others who have reviewed this were looking for a historical fiction or a historical commentary not the historical facts

I listened to this book, not read it. It served its purpose of keeping me awake at work while also being an interesting snapshot of Scottish history. It's a good place to start, and I would be delving more into certain topics the book discussed.

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