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  • Picts, Gaels and Scotsby Sally M Foster

    Birlinn 2014;

    Early historic Scotland from the fifth to the tenth century AD was home to a variety of diverse peoples and cultures, all competing for land and supremacy. Yet by the eleventh century it had become a single, unified kingdom, known as Alba, under a stable and successful monarchy. How did this happen, and when? At the heart of this mystery lies... more...

  • Richard III and The Princes In The Towerby Alison Weir

    Random House 2014; US$ 14.76

    Includes a new foreword by the author The story of the death, in sinister circumstances, of the boy-king Edward V and his younger brother Richard, Duke of York, is one of the most fascinating murder mysteries in English history. It is a tale with profound moral and social consequences, rich in drama, intrigue, treason, scandal and violence.... more...

  • The Rosetta Stoneby John Ray

    Profile Books 2014; US$ 7.98

    What does the Rosetta Stone tell us about the past? What treasures of Egyptian literature can now be read, thanks to its decipherment? What does it tell us about the history of writing and the story of our own alphabets? How do decipherments work and how can we know if they are right? Who owns the Rosetta Stone and what happens if we start to return... more...

  • Captain Swingby Eric Hobsbawm; George Rude

    Verso Books 2014; US$ 26.95

    The classic social history of the Great English Agricultural Uprising of 1830, from one of the greatest historians of our age. For generation upon generation, the English farm laborer lived in poverty and degradation. With the onset of the Industrial Revolution, however, new forces came into play?and when capitalism swept from the cities into... more...

  • Distant Strangersby James Vernon

    University of California Press 2014; US$ 24.95

    What does it mean to live in the modern world? How different is that world from those that preceded it, and when did we become modern? In Distant Strangers , James Vernon argues that the world was made modern not by revolution, industrialization, or the Enlightenment. Instead, he shows how in Britain, a place long held to be the crucible of modernity,... more...

  • Scotland's Future Historyby Stuart McHardy

    Luath Press Ltd 2014;

    McHardy presents a new approach to history, changing our mindset to look at Scotland as the centre of our story. Rather than starting from the Mediterranean, from the classical/Christian bias we have been taught for centuries. Rather than being a remote dark land populated by barbaric tribes. Perhaps we were the centre of a well-organised civilisation... more...

  • Witches of Fifeby Stuart MacDonald

    Birlinn 2014; US$ 8.74

    Along the coast of Fife, in villages like Culross and Pittenweem, historical markers and pamphlets now include the fact that some women were executed as witches within these burghs. Still the reality of what happened the night that Janet Cornfoot was lynched in the harbour is hard to grasp as one sits in the harbour of Pittenweem watching the fishing... more...

  • Malcolmby John Malcolm

    Birlinn 2014; US$ 18.94

    Highly regarded in India to this day, Sir John Malcolm is remarkably little known in his native Scotland. This book describes his extraordinary journey from humble origins to become a leading player in the transformation of the East India Company from a largely commercial enterprise into an agent of imperial government, during a crucial period of... more...

  • Dressing Judeans and Christians in Antiquityby Kristi Upson-Saia; Carly Daniel-Hughes; Alicia J. Batten

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 129.95

    This volume aims to understand religious aspects of dress in the ancient world by examining a diverse range of religious sources, including literature, art, performance, coinage, economic markets, and memories. Contributors demonstrate how dress developed as a topos within Judean and Christian rhetoric, symbolism, and performance, and show how religious... more...

  • Victoria at Warby Michael McKernan

    NewSouth 2014; US$ 39.99

    During the First World War, in Melbourne and communities throughout Victoria, schoolchildren knitted socks for the troops serving in Gallipoli, the Middle East and on the Western Front. Their families set up Red Cross branches to support the 91,000 Victorian servicemen and women overseas. Victoria at War records the achievements of the state’s... more...