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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

What it says on the tin...
Although the content of this "short history" is as-advertised, my prevailing thought while slogging my way through it was "This is why so many people hate history". I generally find history compelling and fascinating, and have a particular interest in Scotland, but this his

Timeline and Family Trees Required

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.

Some parts interesting but I felt written in too much a ‘list’ format and in many cases hard to read.

Very detailed. The abundance of names and titles per person makes and the book does not follow a strick chronological order making it somewhat confusing. Editorial comments abounded added some humor. Not a modern read, but informative and interesting nontheless.The author gives great recognition to

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

Hard to enjoy because I had no connection with the people, places, names, etc.

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.

Very summarized book, difficult to follow the events.

Fact after fact with no style and only determination got me through it. It did help that I had just been to Edinburgh--to Holyrood, to St. Giles, to Greyfriars, to the castle. Many other place names were familiar because of my trip. I also just read the first two books in the Outlander series, so I

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