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From Caledonia to Pictland Scotland to 795

James Fraser

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780748612314
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672158 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748612314.001.0001
From Caledonia to Pictland Scotland to 795

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This book examines the transformation of Iron Age northern Britain into a land of Christian kingdoms, long before ‘Scotland’ came into existence. Perched at the edge of the western Roman Empire, northern Britain was not unaffected by the experience, and became swept up in the great tide of processes which gave rise to the early medieval West. Like other places, the country experienced social and ethnic metamorphoses, Christianisation, and colonization by dislocated outsiders, but northern Britain also has its own unique story to tell in the first eight centuries ad. This detailed political history treats these centuries as a single period, with due regard for Scotland's position in the bigger story of late Antique transition. It charts the complex and shadowy processes that saw the familiar Picts, Northumbrians, North Britons and Gaels of early Scottish history become established in the country; the achievements of their foremost political figures; and their ongoing links with the world around them. It is a story which has become much revised through changing trends in scholarly approaches to the challenging evidence, and that transformation too is explained for the benefit of students and general readers.

Keywords: Iron Age; northern Britain; Christian kingdoms; Scotland; western Roman Empire; early medieval West; Christianisation; colonization; late Antique transition; early Scottish history

Book.  448 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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New Nations: Caledonia From Cerialis to Caracalla in From Caledonia to Pictland Scotland to 795

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The Later Roman Iron Age and the Origins of the Picts in From Caledonia to Pictland Scotland to 795

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Uinniau, ‘Ninian’ and the Early Church in Scotland in From Caledonia to Pictland Scotland to 795

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Word and Example: Columba in Northern Britain in From Caledonia to Pictland Scotland to 795

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Postscript ‘The Roman Interlude’ in From Caledonia to Pictland Scotland to 795

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