The Story of a Nation

By Magnus Magnusson

Grove/Atlantic, Paperback, 9780802139320, 734pp.

Publication Date: January 17, 2003

Hailed as a vast, superb history that] relates Scotland's past over a dozen millennia ("Kirkus Reviews"), Magnusson draws on a great deal of modern scholarship to redefine a nation's history. He charts the long struggle toward nationhood, explores the roots of the original Scots, and examines the extent to which Scotland was shaped by the Romans, the Picts, the Vikings, and the English. Encompassing everything from the first Mesolithic settlers in 7000 B.C. to the present movements for independence, "Scotland: The Story of a Nation" is history on an epic level, essential reading for anyone interested in the rich past of this captivating land.

About the Author
- Magnus Magnusson authored more than 30 books, made several TV programs on Iceland and the Vikings, and translated the "Vinland Sagas" and many other sagas into English.
- Mark Harrison has a Bachelor's degree in Medieval Studies from Lancaster University. He is a Curator at the Royal Armouries, Tower of London and has a strong interest in the early medieval world. He lives in Colchester, UK.
- Ian Heath is a highly respected author, currently working on a five-volume project covering the armies of 19th-century Asia. Ian lives in Cambridgeshire
- Keith Durham lives in Northumberland. He has had a lifelong interest in the Vikings and their ships.
- Ren? Chartrand and has been senior curator with Canada's National Historic Sites for nearly three decades, he is now a freelance writer and historical consultant. He lives in Quebec.
The author lives in Glasgow, Scotla

Praise For Scotland

Magnusson tells his story with vigor and lucidity. . . . He sets himself to put the romance back into history, and succeeds splendidly.”Allan Massie, The Spectator (London)

A very readable, traditional history told as a tale from its beginnings up to now.”Neal Ascherson, The Observer (London)

Lovers of history, literature, romance, or adventure will, after the first pages, be pulled irresistibly to the end. Their only regret after reaching it may be [waiting] for a sequel.”Booklist

A well-told traditional history.” The Washington Post