Best Scotland History Books
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1. The Official Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea Cookbook: Teatime Drinks, Scones, Savories & Sweets (Downton Abbey Cookery)
Author: by Downton Abbey
Published at: Weldon Owen (April 21, 2020)
This elegant cookbook captures the essence of teatime at Downton Abbey with classic recipes for sweets and savories, etiquette notes, tea service knowhow, and lavish imagery to recreate this British tradition. Afternoon tea is a revered and treasured English traditionand no one knows better how to prepare and enjoy a proper tea than the residents of Downton Abbey.
With this alluring and vibrant cookbook, fans of the PBS series and anglophiles alike can stage every stylish element of this cultural staple of British society at home. Spanning sweet and savory classicslike Battenberg Cake, Bakewell Tart, toffee puddings, cream scones, and tea sandwichesthe recipes capture the quintessential delicacies of the time, and the proper way to serve them.
This charming cookbook also features a detailed narrative history and extols the proper decorum for teatime service, from tea gowns and tearooms to preparing and serving tea. Gorgeous food photographs, lifestyle stills from the television series and recent movie, and character quotes bring the characters of Downton Abbeyand this rich traditionto life in contemporary times.
2. The Wealth of Nations (Bantam Classics)
Author: by Adam Smith
Published at: Bantam Classics; Annotated edition (March 4, 2003)
The Wealth of Nationsby Adam SmithIt is symbolic that Adam Smith’s masterpiece of economic analysis, The Wealth of Nations, was first published in 1776, the same year as the Declaration of Independence. In his book, Smith fervently extolled the simple yet enlightened notion that individuals are fully capable of setting and regulating prices for their own goods and services.
He argued passionately in favor of free trade, yet stood up for the little guy. The Wealth of Nations provided the first-and still the most eloquent-integrated description of the workings of a market economy. The result of Smith’s efforts is a witty, highly readable work of genius filled with prescient theories that form the basis of a thriving capitalist system.
This unabridged edition offers the modern reader a fresh look at a timeless and seminal work that revolutionized the way governments and individuals view the creation and dispersion of wealth-and that continues to influence our economy right up to the present day.
3. Outlander's Scotland
Author: by Phoebe Taplin
Published at: Pitkin; None edition (December 1, 2018)
“Billow and breeze, islands and seas, Mountains of rain and sun” Since 18th-century Highland warrior Jamie Fraser and resourceful 20th century medic, Claire Randall first met on screen in 2014, millions of viewers have been swept away by the Outlander TV series to the wild hills and craggy castles of Scotland.
Now you can follow in the footsteps of Claire and Jamie with this guide to the inspiring locations where Diana Gabaldon’s novels were set and the hit tv show were filmed. From the ancient cobbled streets, gabled palace and herb garden of Culross, which became fictional Cranesmuir, to the iconic 1960s Pathfoot Building at the University of Stirling, which Claire’s daughter Brianna visits on her first trip to Scotland, you can time-travel through centuries.
In Scotland, different eras coexist and collide just as they do in Outlander. Focusing on easy day trips from the characterful cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow themselves jam-packed with Outlander locations this guide will tell you about the most rewarding sights, when to visit them and how to get there.
4. Ragnar Lothbrok and a History of the Vikings: Viking Warriors including Rollo, Norsemen, Norse Mythology, Quests in America, England, France, Scotland, Ireland and Russia
Author: by Noah Brown
Published at: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 24, 2017)
Ragnar Lothbrok was a legendary warrior who left a legacy among the Vikings like none other. Today’s popular TV Show may have popularized Ragnar’s story but the real facts are not very well known. Discover the truth behind this Viking Warrior and the rich history of the VikingsTopics Included in this Book: The Legend of Ragnar Lothbrok Vikings in England Vikings in France Vikings in America Vikings in Ireland, Scotland and Wales Rollo the Viking And more amazing facts about the rich history of the Vikings!Order yours today!
5. The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England
Author: by Dan Jones
Published at: Penguin Books; Illustrated edition (March 25, 2014)
The New York Times bestseller, from the author of Crusaders, that tells the story of Britain’s greatest and worst dynastya real-life Game of Thrones (The Wall Street Journal)The first Plantagenet kings inherited a blood-soaked realm from the Normans and transformed it into an empire that stretched at its peak from Scotland to Jerusalem.
In this epic narrative history of courage, treachery, ambition, and deception, Dan Jones resurrects the unruly royal dynasty that preceded the Tudors. They produced England’s best and worst kings: Henry II and his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, twice a queen and the most famous woman in Christendom; their son Richard the Lionheart, who fought Saladin in the Third Crusade; and his conniving brother King John, who was forced to grant his people new rights under the Magna Carta, the basis for our own bill of rights.
Combining the latest academic research with a gift for storytelling, Jones vividly recreates the great battles of Bannockburn, Crcy, and Sluys and reveals how the maligned kings Edward II and Richard II met their downfalls. This is the era of chivalry and the Black Death, the Knights Templar, the founding of parliament, and the Hundred Years’ War, when England’s national identity was forged by the sword.
6. The Forgotten Highlander: An Incredible WWII Story of Survival in the Pacific
Author: by Alistair Urquhart
Published at: Skyhorse; 1st edition (November 1, 2011)
Riveting, powerful, moving. The Observer, Compelling … A book that must be read.Daily Mail. A story of almost unimaginable suffering.BBC Radio 4. Urquhart grabs our attention with unforgettable stories. Minneapolis Star-TribuneThis is the extraordinary story of a young man, conscripted at nineteen, who survived not just one but three separate encounters with deathencounters which killed nearly all his comrades.
Silent for over fifty years, this is Alistair Urquhart’s extraordinary, moving, and inspirational tale of survival against the odds. Alistair Urquhart was among the Gordon Highlanders captured by the Japanese in Singapore during World War II. He not only survived 750 days in the jungle working as a slave on the notorious death railway and the bridge on the River Kwai, but he was subsequently taken prisoner on one of the Japanese hellships which was later torpedoed, killing nearly everyone on boardbut not Urquhart.
He spent five days adrift on a raft in the South China Sea before being rescued by a Japanese whaling ship. He was then taken to Japan and forced to work in a mine near Nagasaki. Two months later he was struck by the blast from the atomic bombdropped just ten miles away.
7. Bourbon: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of an American Whiskey
Author: by Fred Minnick
Published at: Voyageur Press; Illustrated edition (October 1, 2016)
Best New Spirits Book, 2017 Tales of the Cocktail’s Spirited Awards Smithsonian Magazine: One of the “Best Books About Food of 2016″Once and for all, America learns the likely inventor of its beloved bourbon. Bourbon is not just alcohol – this amber-colored drink is deeply ingrained in American culture and tangled in American history.
From the early days of raw corn liquor to the myriad distilleries that have proliferated around the country today, bourbon has come to symbolize America. In Bourbon: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of an American Whiskey, award-winning whiskey author Fred Minnick traces bourbon’s entire history, from the 1700s with Irish, Scottish, and French settlers setting up stills and making distilled spirits in the New World through today’s booming resurgence.
He also lays out in expert detail the critical role this spirit has played throughout the cultural and even political history of the nation – from Congress passing whiskey-protection laws to consumers standing in long lines just for a glimpse of a rare bottle of Pappy Van Winkle – complemented by more than 100 illustrations and photos.
8. The Makers of Scotland: Picts, Romans, Gaels and Vikings
Author: by Tim Clarkson
Published at: Birlinn; Reprint edition (September 15, 2013)
During the first millennium AD the most northerly part of Britain evolved into the country known today as Scotland. The transition was a long process of social and political change driven by the ambitions of powerful warlords. At first these men were tribal chiefs, Roman generals or rulers of small kingdoms.
Later, after the Romans departed, the initiative was seized by dynamic warrior-kings who campaigned far beyond their own borders. Armies of Picts, Scots, Vikings, Britons and Anglo-Saxons fought each other for supremacy. From Lothian to Orkney, from Fife to the Isle of Skye, fierce battles were won and lost.
By AD 1000 the political situation had changed for ever. Led by a dynasty of Gaelic-speaking kings the Picts and Scots began to forge a single, unified nation which transcended past enmities. In this book the remarkable story of how ancient North Britain became the medieval kingdom of Scotland is told.
The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors
Author: by Dan Jones
Published at: Penguin Books; Illustrated edition (October 6, 2015)
The bestselling author of Crusaders and presenter of Netflix’s Secrets of Great British Castles offers a vivid account of the events that inspired Game of Thrones and Shakespeare’s Henry IV and Richard IIIDiscover the real history behind The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses, the PBS Great Performance series of Shakespeare’s plays, starring Judi Dench, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sofie Okenedo and Hugh Bonneville.
The crown of England changed hands five times over the course of the fifteenth century, as two branches of the Plantagenet dynasty fought to the death for the right to rule. In this riveting follow-up to The Plantagenets, celebrated historian Dan Jones describes how the longest-reigning British royal family tore itself apart until it was finally replaced by the Tudors.
Some of the greatest heroes and villains of history were thrown together in these turbulent times, from Joan of Arc and Henry V, whose victory at Agincourt marked the high point of the medieval monarchy, to Richard III, who murdered his own nephews in a desperate bid to secure his stolen crown.
10. Highland Clans
Author: by Alistair Moffat
Published at: Thames & Hudson; Illustrated edition (May 1, 2013)
A brisk and accessible guide to a thousand years of reiving and rivalry in the Highlands. The Scotsman The story of the Highland clans of Scotland is famous, the names celebrated, and the deeds heroic. Having clung to ancient traditions of family, loyalty, and valor for centuries, the clans met the beginning of their end at the fateful Battle of Culloden in 1746.
Alistair Moffat traces the history of the clans from their Celtic origins to the coming of the Romans; from Somerled the Viking to Robert the Bruce; from the great battles of Bannockburn and Flodden to Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite Risings; and from the Clearances to the present day.
Moffat is an adept guide to the world of the clans, a world dominated by lineage, land, and community. These are stories of great leaders and famous battles, and of an extraordinary people, shaped by the unique traditions and landscape of the Scottish Highlands.
It’s a story too about the pain of leaving, with the great emigrations to the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand that began after Culloden. Complete with a clan map and an alphabetical list of the clans of the Scottish Highlands, this is a must for anyone interested in the history of Scotland.
11. How the Scots Invented the Modern World: The True Story of How Western Europe's Poorest Nation Created Our World & Everything in It
Author: by Arthur Herman
Published at: Crown; Reprint edition (September 24, 2002)
An exciting account of the origins of the modern worldWho formed the first literate society? Who invented our modern ideas of democracy and free market capitalism?The Scots. As historian and author Arthur Herman reveals, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries Scotland made crucial contributions to science, philosophy, literature, education, medicine, commerce, and politicscontributions that have formed and nurtured the modern West ever since.
Herman has charted a fascinating journey across the centuries of Scottish history. Here is the untold story of how John Knox and the Church of Scotland laid the foundation for our modern idea of democracy; how the Scottish Enlightenment helped to inspire both the American Revolution and the U.S.
Constitution; and how thousands of Scottish immigrants left their homes to create the American frontier, the Australian outback, and the British Empire in India and Hong Kong. How the Scots Invented the Modern World reveals how Scottish genius for creating the basic ideas and institutions of modern life stamped the lives of a series of remarkable historical figures, from James Watt and Adam Smith to Andrew Carnegie and Arthur Conan Doyle, and how Scottish heroes continue to inspire our contemporary culture, from William Braveheart Wallace to James Bond.
12. The Unofficial Poldark Cookbook: 85 Recipes from Eighteenth-Century Cornwall, from Shepherd's Pie to Cornish Pasties
Author: by Tricia Cohen
Published at: Skyhorse; 1st edition (May 1, 2018)
The ultimate gift for Poldark fans! 85 authentic recipes for your manor or boarding houseThe mouthwatering Poldark cookery book you’ve dreamed about! Divided into boarding house or manor, and complete with homey and festive dishes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert, this Poldark cookbook features these classic recipes from the show including:Cornish PastiesAle-Battered Fried FishRed Lion Mutton PieTruro Turnip GratinBlueberry and Lemon PossetCornwall Honey Spiced Morning BreadAnd more!
From Demelza’s Cornwall kitchen to the majestic Warleggan Mansion; from the oak dining room of Trenwith Manor to the rustic ambiance of the Red Lion Boarding Housefood is everywhere in Ross Poldark’s Cornwall, England. Celebrate the magic that is PBS Masterpiece’s hit series Poldark with the unofficial kitchen companion to the award-winning series that everyone is watching.
Featuring authentic recipes from Georgian England that have been modernized for the contemporary palate, The Unofficial Poldark Cookbook also includes the history behind the show, references to its characters and events, and tips on how to recreate meals from eighteenth-century Cornwall in the modern day.
13. The Living Mountain: A Celebration of the Cairngorm Mountains of Scotland (Canons)
Author: by Nan Shepherd
Published at: Canongate Canons; Main – Canons Imprint Re-issue edition (August 18, 2011)
In this masterpiece of nature writing, Nan Shepherd describes her journeys into the Cairngorm mountains of Scotland. There she encounters a world that can be breathtakingly beautiful at times and shockingly harsh at others. Her intense, poetic prose explores and records the rocks, rivers, creatures and hidden aspects of this remarkable landscape.
Shepherd spent a lifetime in search of the ‘essential nature’ of the Cairngorms; her quest led her to write this classic meditation on the magnificence of mountains, and on our imaginative relationship with the wild world around us. Composed during the Second World War, the manuscript of The Living Mountain lay untouched for more than thirty years before it was finally published.
14. Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America
Author: by Jim Webb
Published at: Crown; 1st edition (October 11, 2005)
More than 27 million Americans today can trace their lineage to the Scots, whose bloodline was stained by centuries of continuous warfare along the border between England and Scotland, and later in the bitter settlements of England’s Ulster Plantation in Northern Ireland.
Between 250,000 and 400,000 Scots-Irish migrated to America in the eighteenth century, traveling in groups of families and bringing with them not only long experience as rebels and outcasts but also unparalleled skills as frontiersmen and guerrilla fighters. Their cultural identity reflected acute individualism, dislike of aristocracy and a military tradition, and, over time, the Scots-Irish defined the attitudes and values of the military, of working class America, and even of the peculiarly populist form of American democracy itself.
Born Fighting is the first book to chronicle the full journey of this remarkable cultural group, and the profound, but unrecognized, role it has played in the shaping of America. Written with the storytelling verve that has earned his works such acclaim as captivating …
15. A History of Scotland: Look Behind the Mist and Myth of Scottish History
Author: by Neil Oliver
Published at: Phoenix; Illustrated edition (March 1, 2011)
Scotland’s history gets a rewrite by archaeologist and historian Neil Oliver. How accurate are the accounts of Mary Queen of Scots’s tragic demise or Bonnie Prince Charlie’s forlorn cause? Oliver reveals a Scotland that forged its own identity with success, despite its union with England in 1707.
16. Magic of the Celtic Otherworld: Irish History, Lore & Rituals (Llewellyn's Celtic Wisdom)
Author: by Stephen Blamires
Published at: Llewellyn Publications; Illustrated edition (January 8, 2005)
Explore a marvelous world of glamoury: the Celtic Otherworld of shadow and Sidhe, a realm where everything that ever was, is, or will be, exists right now. The Celts had a life-affirming, mystical way of viewing and living life, in tune with the forces of Nature and magic.
Drawing upon Irish Celtic spiritual tradition, history, literature, and myth, this tried and true guidebook (formerly titled Glamoury,) offers a holistic system that will help you reconnect with this enchanting realmthe Green World of the Celts. Magic of the Celtic Otherworld presents techniques for becoming attuned to the life forces of the Green World through seasonal rituals, visualizations, and practical magical workings.
Learn how to find your way around the Otherworld, and gain an understanding of how each of us constantly shapes and affects the land on which we live. Most importantly, discover how to make contact with inhabitants of the Otherworld in order to deepen your spiritual practice and enrich your everyday life.