Early historic Scotland – from the 5th to the 10th century AD – was home to a variety of diverse peoples and cultures, all competing for land and supremacy. Yet by the 11th century it had become a single, unified kingdom, known as Alba, under a stable and successful monarchy.
Drawing on historical, art historical and place-name sources, but with its prime focus on understanding and appreciating the surviving archaeological evidence, this new and updated edition of Sally M. Foster’s acclaimed Picts, Gaels and Scots introduces and demystifies the peoples who lived north of the Antonine Wall, in what is now Scotland. Lavishly illustrated, accessible but authoritative, this well-balanced synthesis draws on the very latest research to present our transformed understanding of the Picts and Gaels, and how they became Scots. It provides a framework for understanding how control of land and other resources, military might and religious authority contributed to the accumulation of power, and how this evolved through time. Written for the general reader – with advice on places to visit – it also details topical further reading.