The Picts: A History

Author(s): Tim Clarkson


The Picts were an ancient nation who ruled most of northern and eastern Scotland during the Dark Ages. Despite their historicalimportance, they remain shrouded in myth and misconception. Absorbed by the kingdom of the Scots in the ninth century, they lost their unique identity, their language and their vibrant artistic culture. Amongst their few surviving traces are standing stones decorated with incredible skill and covered with enigmatic symbols - vivid memorials of a powerful and gifted people who bequeathed no chronicles to tell their story, no sagas to describe the deed of their kings and heroes. In this book Tim Clarkson pieces together the evidence to tell the story of this mysterious people from their emergence in Roman times to their eventual disappearance.


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'A valuable resource' - Scottish Genealogist; 'Very interesting and very readable' - Facts and Fiction

Tim Clarkson worked in academic librarianship before setting up a business with his wife. He gained an MPhil in archaeology (1995)and a PhD in medieval history (2003) from the University of Manchester. He is author of The Men of the North (2010) and The Makers of Scotland (2012).

General Fields

  • : 9781780274034
  • : Birlinn, Limited
  • : Birlinn Ltd
  • : 0.272
  • : June 2016
  • : September 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Tim Clarkson
  • : Paperback
  • : New edition
  • : 240
  • : 16pp colour plates