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Kings and Kingship in Early Scotland

Written by Marjorie Ogilvie Anderson / Introduction by Nicholas Evans


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ISBN: 9781906566302
Published: 02 Nov 2011
Format: Paperback
Extent: 328
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: John Donald
History / Medieval history
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About the Book

The kingdoms of the Picts and Dal Riata, by the time of their union in the ninth century, formed the nucleus of medieval Scotland. This book by Marjorie O. Anderson remains the most significant study of the regnal lists and irish annals as sources of evidence for these kingships and early Scottish history in general. It analyses these texts in turn, identifying inter-relationships between surviving copies in order to establish the probably contents and dates of earlier ancestral versions. It then compares the results in detail, to produce a chronological history of the kingdoms of Dal Riata and the Picts from the sixth to ninth centuries AD. 

The book also contains an important collection of early texts, making these original sources available to the public. This is an essential read for anyone who wants to understand the early history of Scotland. 

This edition includes a new introduction, and a bibliography on Marjorie O. Anderson and recent scholarship by Nicholas Evans, honorary research fellow at the University of Glasgow. 

The Author

Nicholas Evans

Nicholas Evans is a Research Fellow on the Leverhulme Trust funded Comparative Kingship: the Early Medieval Kingdoms of Northern Britain and Ireland project at the University of Aberdeen. He is a historian whose research and teaching have focussed on the medieval Celtic-speaking societies of Britain and Ireland. He is the author of The Present and the Past in Medieval Irish Chronicles (Boydell Press, 2010), A Historical Introduction to the Northern Picts (Aberdeen University/Tarbat Discovery Centre, 2014) and co-author of King in the North: The Pictish Realms of Fortriu and Ce (Birlinn 2019).