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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!

©2018 Captivating History (P)2018 Captivating History

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The attempts at Scottish and English accents were distracting in their lack of authenticity, as was the incorrect pronunciations of many words (Glasgow, heterogeneity, economist). A Scottish speaker would have been preferred.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-12-11

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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  • 2019-08-26

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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  • Michael Cooper
  • 2018-12-07

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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  • Aryeh Madina
  • 2018-12-06

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
  • 2020-10-15

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
  • 2020-06-09

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
  • 2018-12-07

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
  • 2018-12-07

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
  • 2018-12-07

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
  • 2018-12-07

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.