A history of the forging of the Scottish kingdom. In AD 1000 the Scottish kings embarked on a dramatic expansion of their territories. Geoffrey Barrow describes the evolution of Scottish kingship and government during the period. He examines the character of Scottish feudalism, considers how Scotland's landscape influenced its society and outlook on the world, and traces the growth of a sense of national identity up to 1306 and the coronation of Robert the Bruce as Robert I. Updated throughout, the new edition includes a new chapter on education and learning. Includes 2 maps, chronology, further reading, glossary, genealogy.
A masterly work and essential reading for students of Scottish history. Brilliant! A summation of three decades of scholarly thought and endeavour! This book is the work of a superbly accomplished historian, and it distils for us in masterly fashion the essence of early medieval Scotland. The sense of place and the sense of lineage pervade this book, combining with the author's wide-ranging command of the period in its broader dimensions to give the reader a picture of medieval Scotland which surely surpasses anything hitherto available both in the clarity of its outline and the sharpness of the illustrative detail! a combination of the general with the particular which is the lifeblood of historical writing.