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Portmahomack: Monastery of the Picts

Martin Carver

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748624416
eISBN:
9780748670703
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624416.001.0001
Subject:
Archaeology, Historical Archaeology

This book relates the rediscovery of a monastery of the 8th century AD, one of the earliest so far seen in northern Europe. It lies in north-east Scotland in the land of the Picts, a largely ... More


Trouble at the White House: Anglo-Irish Relations and the Cult of St Martin

Juliet Mullins

in Anglo-Saxon/Irish Relations before the Vikings

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264508
eISBN:
9780191734120
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264508.003.0006
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter examines the doubtful issues in Bede's account of the pre-Viking history of Britain and Ireland in his Historia Ecclesiastica (HE). It focuses on the section of the HE where Bede ... More


Frontier and Settlement: Which Influenced Which? England and Scotland, 1100–1300

Geoffrey Barrow

in Medieval Frontier Societies

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198203612
eISBN:
9780191675898
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203612.003.0001
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

The frontier between Scotland and England, long known simply as ‘the Border’, began to take shape during the 10th century, when a resurgent West Saxon monarchy found itself drawn northward ... More


What we found

Martin Carver

in Portmahomack: Monastery of the Picts

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748624416
eISBN:
9780748670703
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624416.003.0003
Subject:
Archaeology, Historical Archaeology

The story of the excavation and what it unearthed, and how. On the site of St Colman's – a sequence of nine churches from the 8th to the 20th century; in the Glebe Field, a paved road leading to a ... More


Carvers and thinkers

Martin Carver

in Portmahomack: Monastery of the Picts

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748624416
eISBN:
9780748670703
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624416.003.0005
Subject:
Archaeology, Historical Archaeology

This chapter is all about Pictish sculpture, one of the unsung glories of early Europe. The Picts were expert fashioners of stone and masters of line in both incised and relief carving. They had ... More


Picts and Scots

Ian Armit

in The Archaeology of Skye and the Western Isles

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748608584
eISBN:
9780748670710
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748608584.003.0009
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

This chapter examines the archaeological evidence for the Early Medieval period of the historical Picts and Scots. It examines the rich archaeology from sites like Eilean Olabhat and the Udal in ... More


Lanercost Priory: The Wall and the English border

Richard Hingley

in Hadrian's Wall: A Life

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199641413
eISBN:
9780191745720
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641413.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Classical

This chapter reviews the formation of the northern frontier of the kingdom of England from the eleventh to the later sixteenth century. Through a study of the physical and symbolic roles of the Wall, ... More


Ellenborough (Maryport): Recognizing Roman Civility in the Border Landscape

Richard Hingley

in Hadrian's Wall: A Life

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199641413
eISBN:
9780191745720
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641413.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Classical

The Picts' Wall was a focus of considerable interest during the late sixteenth century and the first decade of the seventeenth. Late in the reign of Queen Elizabeth and during the succeeding reign of ... More


Castlesteads: Reviving Interest in the Wall

Richard Hingley

in Hadrian's Wall: A Life

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199641413
eISBN:
9780191745720
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641413.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Classical

In 1695, a new edition of Camden's Britannia was published. Although there was little additional information on the Picts' Wall, antiquarian interest in the monument increased significantly during ... More


From Pictland to Alba, 789-1070

Alex Woolf

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748612338
eISBN:
9780748672165
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748612338.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

In the 780s, northern Britain was dominated by two great kingdoms: Pictavia, centred in north-eastern Scotland; and Northumbria, which straddled the modern Anglo-Scottish border. Within a hundred ... More


Scotland from Irish Settlement to the Reformation

Bernhard Maier

in The Celts: A History from Earliest Times to the Present

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748616053
eISBN:
9780748672219
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748616053.003.0014
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter focuses on the close political, social and literary relations that bound the Celtic-speaking regions of Ireland and Scotland in the late Middle Ages and early modern age. It discusses ... More


Last Days of the Pictish Kingdom (839–89)

Alex Woolf

in From Pictland to Alba, 789-1070

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748612338
eISBN:
9780748672165
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748612338.003.0004
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

The year 839 was marked by the defeat of the men of Fortriu and the killing by the heathens of Wen son of Onuist, king of Fortriu, his brother Bran and Áed son of Boanta, king of Dál Riata. The ... More


Pictavia to Albania

Alex Woolf

in From Pictland to Alba, 789-1070

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748612338
eISBN:
9780748672165
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748612338.003.0009
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter reviews the changes in Scotland between the mid-eighth and the mid-eleventh centuries. The most obvious change in the political landscape of northern Britain in the period under ... More


Word and Example: Columba in Northern Britain

James E. Fraser

in From Caledonia to Pictland Scotland to 795

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748612314
eISBN:
9780748672158
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748612314.003.0005
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

The story of Columba and the Picts is nothing like as straightforward as conventional narratives have long held. Its place in Scottish history requires careful rethinking. A fine scholar, a committed ... More


Scottish History: The Power of the Past

Edward J Cowan and Richard J Finlay

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748614196
eISBN:
9780748653317
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748614196.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Scottish Studies

This book examines the power of the past upon the present. It shows how generations of Scots have exploited and reshaped history to meet the needs of a series of presents, from the conquest of the ... More


Alba as ‘Britain’ after 900 and the Pictish Antecedents of the Kingdom of the Scots

Dauvit Broun

in Scottish Independence and the Idea of Britain: From the Picts to Alexander III

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748623600
eISBN:
9780748653416
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623600.003.0016
Subject:
Society and Culture, Scottish Studies

This chapter argues that another explanation is available to the meaning of Alba: one in which the Britishness of Alba is fully acknowledged without supposing that this meant a claim to be the ... More


The Picts' Place in the Kingship's Past Before John of Fordun

Dauvit Broun

in Scottish History: The Power of the Past

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748614196
eISBN:
9780748653317
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748614196.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Scottish Studies

This chapter scrutinises the role of the unfortunate Picts, who were as much of an embarrassment to medieval historians as they have proved a ‘problem’ to their modern successors. When Scots were ... More


The Ideological Uses of the Picts, 1707-c.1990

Colin Kidd

in Scottish History: The Power of the Past

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748614196
eISBN:
9780748653317
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748614196.003.0008
Subject:
Society and Culture, Scottish Studies

This chapter explores ideas about the Picts over some three hundred years. It shows that Pictomania has claimed many victims not only in Scotland but in modern Ulster. Picts were viewed as the ... More


‘I will give you nations as your heritage’ (Psalm 2:8): Trade, Culture and Empire in the Early Centuries

Gilbert Márkus

in Conceiving a Nation: Scotland to 900 AD

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780748678983
eISBN:
9781474435208
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748678983.003.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

Scotland’s first appearance in the historical record comes through its international trading links, and is seen initially through the eyes of those who write about it: traders, and then Roman ... More


The Norse in Scotland: Assembly and New Ancestors

Alexandra Sanmark

in Viking Law and Order: Places and Rituals of Assembly in the Medieval North

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781474402293
eISBN:
9781474435260
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474402293.003.0008
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter examines the evidence of Norse administrative structures and thing sites in Norse Scotland. This area, unlike Iceland, Greenland and the Faroes, had been populated since the Mesolithic ... More


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