The Story of Scotland

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Made me eager to read a more extensive history. Highly enjoyable and enlightening. This book is fascinating. A really good history full of place names and people that if I were a Scot might have had a little more familiarity. Nevertheless, having finished the book, I feel that my knowledge of Scotland has expanded more than ten-fold. Scottish history prior to the Jacobites was quite confusing to me and after the Convergenge of Scotland and Englan I first read Nigel Tranters fiction many years ago, "Unicorn Rampant" during a trip to Scotland.

Scottish history prior to the Jacobites was quite confusing to me and after the Convergenge of Scotland and England in , became even more challenging. Reading this book was a lot of fun and I highly recommend it. Sep 26, E. Reading the story of Scotland you realize what has been the prototype for Song of Ice and Fire.


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Even the Red Wedding has its prototype. And Tranter is an enjoyable storyteller. This isn't an academic history, but a story of adventure and excitement. Apr 21, Sarah rated it it was amazing. Really brought alive the history of Scotland. I haven't read any other History of Scotland books, so in all honesty I can't compare. But I really enjoyed this. It was quite easy to read and full of easily assimilated facts and stories.

I would recommend this book highly. Absolutely fantastic. Nov 01, Victoria rated it liked it Shelves: read-in , history , kindle , politics. The first thing I have to say about this book is that it's far too short. Scotland is a complicated place with a long and interesting history. Rushing through it the way Tranter does, doesn't do it the justice it deserves.

And it makes it much more complicated when you rush through generations the way he necessarily has to. The other thing that confuses a reading of the book is his use of titles to identify people. A book of this type can struggle with naming people because so many people shared The first thing I have to say about this book is that it's far too short.

A book of this type can struggle with naming people because so many people shared names. But charging through generations like this, using inherited titles means that it is so easy to get father, son and even grandson confused. Having said that, it's a good primer in Scottish history. For someone who knew nothing, it would help them discover the eras and events that capture their interest, and then other books could be found to explore those areas more.

And I learnt from it. A good little primer, but you need to take time to read it in order to take in the pace it's written at. Sep 06, Jen n rated it liked it Shelves: I finally got around to reading this brief history of Scotland after having this book for, oh, almost fifteen years.

I bought it on one of my first trips to Scotland, on the recommendation of our tour guide. Fergie forever! It's a very good overview, but fitting an entire country's entire history into fewer than pages is a challenge. Because of the short length, I was often confused how many Marys and Jameses are there?!?

I I finally got around to reading this brief history of Scotland after having this book for, oh, almost fifteen years. It's still a good intro, written by one of Scotland's most prolific contemporary writers, and I'm glad I finally read it. Now to plan a return trip The author is a historical novelist who finds most history books dull. He wants to tell a story about real people in history. He has succeeded and this is both readable and informative about various characters in Scotland's history.

I am not sure who he wrote this for however, anyone really interested in the history would want a more academic book and those more interested in the characters would probably prefer a novel with a historical setting.

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It does show that he has done his research and can The author is a historical novelist who finds most history books dull. It does show that he has done his research and can condense it into the salient points. It encouraged me to read his novels, and that is not a bad reason for writing it. Sep 26, Lorilee rated it it was ok. I areally wanted to love this book.

I am fascinated with history in general and was really looking forward to learning more about Scotland's.

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However, this read like a really bad high school teacher. It was all dates and names, there was no flavor to the story. I would have preferred an indepth book aboutthe history instead of a high overview. Plus he would just throw all the names around it was very confusing. Oct 16, Jason rated it liked it Shelves: history. I enjoyed it and it was certainly educational but an existing understanding of which I had little of the more common, larger known details of Scottish history would be beneficial.

Also, a good knowledge of Scotland's geography would help. Overall, this is a good introduction to Scotland's lineage of leadership and it hints at but doesn't give nor is it the place for as the author states at the outset any of the details of the many stories behind any of the great events of Scotland's past. This is a great book.


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Not trying to be too factual, it tries to capture the essence of Scotland by weaving together the historic facts with the more mythical elements of Scots lore. In that sense, it is maybe not a great historic work for which I read Neil Oliver's A History of Scotland, back to back with this one, a great combination , but it is a great book to read. So for all people who are wondering what all the fuss about Scotland is coming from, this is the perfect introduction. Hab definitiv was gelernt, aber es sind einfach zu viele Namen! Aug 28, Michael rated it it was ok. I read this as an ebook.

An interesting history of Scotland. Too high level for my liking though. Started at the very beginning of inhabitation of Scotland to the end of the 19th century. All in just one book. Each chapter dedicated to the rein of one monarch or ruling clan as it were. Dec 11, Smboohar rated it it was ok. It wasn't bad If you are a fan of history, especially since Royal histories tend to read a bit like a soap opera, I think people would find this an interesting read.

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