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Language: English ISBN: 9781841586960

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When the first editor of William Thomson's History of Orkney was published in 1987 it was the first new history of the islands to appear for over fifty years. The Orcadian greeted it with the words: 'So far as Orkney history is concerned, Mr William Thomson has written the book of the century.' In this long-awaited second edition, new work sheds light on the Picts, the Vikings, medieval Orkney, the Reformation and the Stewart earldom, as well as many aspects of more recent centuries. For much of its history, Orkney existed as one of Europe's sub-nations, with its own language, culture and institutions. The prehistoric inhabitants produced monuments which are unmatched anywhere in Europe, and the medieval period saw the magnificent earldom that expressed itself through the Orkneyinga Saga and the building of St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall.Like Shetland, Orkney was heavily influenced by Viking traders and raiders from Scandinavia, and for a long period it formed an outlying part of the kingdom of Norway. Over 500 years ago, however, the islands lost their Scandinavian links and since then have had a sometimes difficult association with mainland Scotland. More recent times have seen the use of Orkney as a strategic stronghold during two world wars, and the far-reaching impact of oil and gas exploitation in the North Sea. It is an enthralling story, masterfully summarised and retold, and of interest to readers far beyond the rocky shores of Orkney itself.

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Author(s)William P.L. Thompson
PublisherBirlinn General
Date of Publication27/05/2008
LanguageEnglish
FormatPaperback
ISBN-10184158696X
ISBN-139781841586960
SubjectRegional History

Publication Data
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ImprintBirlinn Ltd
Content Noteb/w illustrations throughout

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Width156 mm
Height234 mm
Spine32 mm

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Edition StatementReprint

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Author BiographyWilliam P. L. Thomson is the author of a number of books on Scottish history. He was Rector of Kirkwall Grammar School, in Orkney, from 1971 to 1991, previously having been Principal Teacher of History and Geography at the Anderson High School, Shetland.

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