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By James E. Fraser

Shortlisted for the 2009 Saltire Society background e-book of the YearFrom Caledonia to Pictland examines the transformation of Iron Age northern Britain right into a land of Christian kingdoms, lengthy ahead of 'Scotland' got here into life. Perched on the fringe of the western Roman Empire, northern Britain used to be no longer unaffected through the event, and have become swept up within the nice tide of strategies which gave upward thrust to the early medieval West. Like different locations, the rustic skilled social and ethnic metamorphoses, Christianisation, and colonization by means of dislocated outsiders, yet northern Britain additionally has its personal targeted tale to inform within the first 8 centuries AD.This publication is the 1st unique political historical past to regard those centuries as a unmarried interval, with due regard for Scotland's place within the larger tale of overdue vintage transition. From Caledonia to Pictland charts the advanced and shadowy approaches which observed the time-honored Picts, Northumbrians, North Britons and Gaels of early Scottish heritage develop into confirmed within the kingdom, the achievements in their most popular political figures, and their ongoing hyperlinks with the area round them. it's a tale that has develop into a lot revised via altering traits in scholarly techniques to the hard facts, and that transformation too is defined for the good thing about scholars and normal readers.

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