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Scottish History: A Captivating Guide to the History of Scotland

Narrated by: David Patton
Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Did you know that the Scots never won a battle when they were favorites?

A sense of poetic irony registers when one learns that Scotland has never won a major military battle when the odds were in their favor. In 1513, the largest Scottish army to ever invade England was defeated by a significantly smaller English army at Flodden Field. In only two hours, the Scots lost 10,000 men. History repeated itself in 1542, when a Scottish army of 15,000 men was defeated by only 3,000 English soldiers. Despite their much smaller numbers, the English managed to take 1,200 Scottish men as prisoners. This humiliating defeat eventually contributed to the demise of King James V.

This captivating history audiobook takes you on a remarkable journey from the earliest extensive historical record of Scotland through the long struggle toward nationhood, all the way to postwar Scotland.

In Scottish History: A Captivating Guide to the History of Scotland, you will discover topics such as

  • Medieval strife
  • The emergence of the Scottish nation-state
  • The Golden Age
  • The wars of independence
  • The Black Death
  • Mary, Queen of Scots: “The Daughter of Debate”
  • The king of Great Britain
  • The union and the Scottish Enlightenment
  • The Industrial Revolution
  • Scottish feminism
  • The Loch Ness Monster
  • And much, much more

So listen to this audiobook now if you want to discover more about the startling history of Scotland!

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disappointing

*book contains some editing blunders
*there is too much time spent on current events
*events reported with liberal/progressive bias (rather than neutral point of view)

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Excellent book

Fantastic!! Great reading.it arrived very quickly. Interesting and a great one to share with my family. A keeper. Good to read in conjunction with the DVD

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Excellent history book.

Theis clearly passionate about this topic. This is an excellent companion to the television series of the same name.

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Scottish History Guide.

delighted with the ease and speed of getting the book The book itself is a first class outline of Scottish History ln an unschooled bookish manner and presents a broad and insightful look at history which I haven't seen before. Excellent treatise.

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Style over substance

This is history as entertainment and a biased one at that. The author is not a historian but an archeologist and his main 'skill' is that of a TV presenter. The book cover is a dead give away. He is one of the BBC's favored presenters and has recently come out with some ridiculous and widely criticized personal statements about the current situation in Scotland regarding independence. The bias he currently displays so readily identifies someone with a personal financial UK focused agenda that is incompatible with historical objectivity.

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Scotland the Brave Indeed!

Well written, very detailed, and covers Scotland's history from the formation of the island up to the present. A fascinating story told with humor and gusto. If your knowledge of Scottish history is limited to the events in "Brave-heart", you'll love this. Heck...you'll love it even if you already consider yourself an expert. An excellent read!

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A Scot's History of Scotland

The author is an archaeologist and a historian. More, he is passionate about both, and especially is he passionate in his love for Scotland, the land of his birth. I've enjoyed his documentaries. And now this book fills in loads of details that make his presentation even more rich and fascinating.

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Gripped and easy to understand.

This is a gripping, easy to read history book. I would have liked a map of Scotland and a side by side geneology chart/time line of the thrones of Scotland, England, and France. If I set the book down for a couple of days, I would have to reread a bit to remember which James, Charles, etc was being discussed.

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Good addition to your library.

I was looking forward to an in-depth history, not a treatise on Scotland's economy and legal system. Nothing on the Jacobite Rebellion, Bonnie Prince Charlie, and a barely passing mention of the Highlanders!

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Brief and to the point.

Great audible to learn. It teaches a broad history for history lovers. 3 hrs and 26 mins and entertaining for history buffs and everyone else. Makes you want to read more!

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  • Tisha H. Curtis
  • 12-07-18

Scots drop of blood!

I watched a TV documentary first and with a recently discovered Scots ancestor my interest is now satisfied. So after that this book is certainly easy to follow and understand the history.

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  • Tia Jackson
  • 12-07-18

An enjoyable read

About half way through and love it the style the intrigue the murder the treachery my country my Scotland brilliant

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  • Ilias de Rooij
  • 12-07-18

A History of Scottish

It answers most of my questions regarding Scottish history. It arrived on time and in good shape. I love it.

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  • Samantha Lewis
  • 12-07-18

Gets the job done by the author.

I enjoy the author's anecdotes about how he relates to his native country, but sometimes I wish there was a little more of that and a little less of "then this bishop said this and this noble did that and then the king was dead" for pages at a time. Also, and this is totally not the author's fault, but this is clearly aimed at a UK audience who has a lot better knowledge of English history than someone who doesn't live there

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  • Rhys Wallace
  • 12-07-18

Interesting and informative

I bought this book for my son-in-law who has been to Scotland. He feels the book is interesting and written very well.

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  • Daisy Lees
  • 12-07-18

A Good Starting Point

I thought this was a decent overview of Scottish history. I learned a lot, and it was interesting to see Scotland and Britain from a Scottish perspective. The information about religious infighting, the tobacco trade, labor unrest, and class exploitation were particularly appealing, and there are lots of sources in the back for further reading. It must have taken the writer years to research and write the book, and knowing what that’s like,

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  • Eleanor Bruce
  • 12-07-18

Fascinating listening!

On the scale of history bullishness, I am in the middle, and I certainly have no previous knowledge of European history- until now! I checked out this book to learn more about Scotland before I visit and was treated with an in-depth, pleasant and sometimes humorous outline of Scottish history. While I wouldn't call the style informal, it is definitely easier on the mind than textbooks and is written to captivate the reader with war stories, memorable descriptions and accuracy from every angle.

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  • George Wheeler
  • 12-07-18

scholarly but seems a little biased

Nice summary of Scotland's history but the author's prejudices leak through. He apparently dislikes Christianity, and certainly must be an atheist. God isn't responsible for human behavior. Too bad he has to call characters from the past names such as "bigot", etc. It's one thing to pen the history of Scotland, and I appreciate the effort this would have taken. But spare us your judgmental opinions. And on a different "note" - there isn't one mention of the contribution of bagpipers to Scottish history, or even a reference to the musical instrument of Scotland.

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  • Zoe Hall
  • 12-06-18

For a British, a must book.

What it covered, it covered well. I am a great follower of Captivating History author team. My digital library is full of their books. This is another jam of the book. Thanks to them.

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  • Fredrik Eklund
  • 12-06-18

I wanted to read up on the Scottish history

This is why I bought the book of the series and it absolutely took over every spare minute of my life until I'd finished it. I've given this five stars for excellent research, writing and ambience. It is a book I could read again and again, which is pretty remarkable. Anyone with a bit of British heritage would find this work fascinating.