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Did you know that the Scots never won a battle when they were favorites?

A sense of poetic irony registers when one learns that Scotland has never won a major military battle when the odds were in their favor. In 1513, the largest Scottish army to ever invade England was defeated by a significantly smaller English army at Flodden Field. In only two hours, the Scots lost 10,000 men. History repeated itself in 1542, when a Scottish army of 15,000 men was defeated by only 3,000 English soldiers. Despite their much smaller numbers, the English managed to take 1,200 Scottish men as prisoners. This humiliating defeat eventually contributed to the demise of King James V.

This captivating history audiobook takes you on a remarkable journey from the earliest extensive historical record of Scotland through the long struggle toward nationhood, all the way to postwar Scotland.

In Scottish History: A Captivating Guide to the History of Scotland, you will discover topics such as

  • Medieval strife
  • The emergence of the Scottish nation-state
  • The Golden Age
  • The wars of independence
  • The Black Death
  • Mary, Queen of Scots: “The Daughter of Debate”
  • The king of Great Britain
  • The union and the Scottish Enlightenment
  • The Industrial Revolution
  • Scottish feminism
  • The Loch Ness Monster
  • And much, much more

So listen to this audiobook now if you want to discover more about the startling history of Scotland!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-12-2019

Written for a male audience

Men are described by their actions, women by their looks. There is a chapter about feminism, but it sways back and forth about what women can and cannot do. Over all it is a great read if you are a white male.

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  • Michael Cooper
  • 07-12-2018

Scotland the Brave Indeed!

Well written, very detailed, and covers Scotland's history from the formation of the island up to the present. A fascinating story told with humor and gusto. If your knowledge of Scottish history is limited to the events in "Brave-heart", you'll love this. Heck...you'll love it even if you already consider yourself an expert. An excellent read!

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  • IconE
  • 26-08-2019

Left Sided


Most of it was ok yet missed Colloden of all things ... then they got to the 21st century where all left-winged agenda items were suddenly emphasized. Don’t need a filtered view on history, just the facts please.

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  • Aryeh Madina
  • 06-12-2018

A Scot's History of Scotland

The author is an archaeologist and a historian. More, he is passionate about both, and especially is he passionate in his love for Scotland, the land of his birth. I've enjoyed his documentaries. And now this book fills in loads of details that make his presentation even more rich and fascinating.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-10-2020

Wanted to like it...

For the content, It starts by telling a quick paced recap of Scotland’s early king’s and rulers. While not comprehensive it is at least interesting. I did find that there are big sections missing though. No real mention is made of the clan system that ran the local regions. There are many interesting stories of warring clans from different regions and clan loyalty conflicts that are very interesting. While this quick history can not afford to tell those stories I did expect a mention of the system to spark further interest. Nor was there anything about the Jacobite uprisings which, agree with them or not, the fallout from the loss of the last one is big in Scottish cultural history. Nor any real mention of the highland clearances which again is very big in Scottish cultural history, and the reason my wife’s family line left. With missing sections like that I found myself not trusting the book and wondering what else was missing.

While the narrator may be very good at other readings I found his reading to be very calming and soothing and almost monotone which on a book like this means it becomes very easy to tune out. Pronunciations of Scottish words like city names was inaccurate to how you would hear them pronounced in Scotland and would earn a traveling tourist a good chuckle when they repeat them. Furthermore the short sections where an accent was used to read a letter or news article or such it was comical to me and perhaps offensive to a person from that region.

Lastly there are editorial mistakes in the book. Twice I heard a miss-spoken word, the reading stopped and the sentence started again. And couple of times I heard the same sentence twice like it was two takes poorly edited together.

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  • J. Forkel
  • 09-06-2020

Good History of Scotland up to present day.

Just wish narrator was Scottish & pronounced names more correctly. 🙂 Enjoyed the book.

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  • Mu'adh Kameel Bishara
  • 07-12-2018

Excellent book

Fantastic!! Great reading.it arrived very quickly. Interesting and a great one to share with my family. A keeper. Good to read in conjunction with the DVD

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  • Antoine
  • 07-12-2018

Excellent history book.

Theis clearly passionate about this topic. This is an excellent companion to the television series of the same name.

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  • Rin Nagami
  • 07-12-2018

Scottish History Guide.

delighted with the ease and speed of getting the book The book itself is a first class outline of Scottish History ln an unschooled bookish manner and presents a broad and insightful look at history which I haven't seen before. Excellent treatise.

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  • Donald K. McLeod
  • 07-12-2018

Style over substance

This is history as entertainment and a biased one at that. The author is not a historian but an archeologist and his main 'skill' is that of a TV presenter. The book cover is a dead give away. He is one of the BBC's favored presenters and has recently come out with some ridiculous and widely criticized personal statements about the current situation in Scotland regarding independence. The bias he currently displays so readily identifies someone with a personal financial UK focused agenda that is incompatible with historical objectivity.

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  • Scott
  • 24-10-2019

Scottish History - Look elsewhere

The content of this history may have some merit, however the narration is abysmal. I persevered for half an hour but found that I was listening to the ridiculous pronunciation rather than the content. Avoid, especially if you are Scottish and cannot bear to listen to your country's cities and names being expressed in a peculiar American accent - with clearly WRONG pronunciation. It drove me mad!

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  • Caroline Hahn
  • 10-09-2020

Dreadful commentator!

Dull as dishwater, and an American who is unable to pronounce any of the Scottish place names. I suppose it is ok for the American market, but it’s totally on suitable over here; simply dreadful. (The history is concise and reasonable, but I just can’t bring myself to listen to that man any longer).

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-09-2019

Meh

Not especially well read or researched. Useful only as a superficial timeline overview of Scottish history. Scan Wikipedia, its faster

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-07-2019

A great history poorly narrated

Whilst the story being told was very good, the narrator just didn't fit and too many incorrectly pronounced city/town names. This would be a far better experience if narrated by a Scot.

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  • Daisy Lees
  • 07-12-2018

A Good Starting Point

I thought this was a decent overview of Scottish history. I learned a lot, and it was interesting to see Scotland and Britain from a Scottish perspective. The information about religious infighting, the tobacco trade, labor unrest, and class exploitation were particularly appealing, and there are lots of sources in the back for further reading. It must have taken the writer years to research and write the book, and knowing what that’s like,

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  • Irene Grant
  • 05-03-2021

Dreadful Narration

I cannot believe this excellent book was narrated in the way it was. Totally ruined it for me. Why not have a Scot read it? At least then place names would have been pronounced correctly - there is no such place as Skatland as it was being pronounced. Nor is there an Edinburg or Ber - wick . I live in Edinburgh! Very disappointing.

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  • Fraser McKain
  • 26-01-2021

Alright information, Poor Delivery

Performance and reading was riddled with mistakes (not properly edited out) and mispronunciations. Very disappointing.

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  • MS E I PRIOR
  • 10-09-2019

Basic Factual Errors

I was surprised to hear that the New Model Army was led by Thomas Cromwell rather than Oliver Cromwell. THE Thomas Cromwell?! He’d been dead for a hundred years. I know he was a very capable man, but I don’t think even he would be capable of commanding an army from beyond the grave....

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  • Tisha H. Curtis
  • 07-12-2018

Scots drop of blood!

I watched a TV documentary first and with a recently discovered Scots ancestor my interest is now satisfied. So after that this book is certainly easy to follow and understand the history.

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  • Tia Jackson
  • 07-12-2018

An enjoyable read

About half way through and love it the style the intrigue the murder the treachery my country my Scotland brilliant

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