By James E. Fraser
Shortlisted for the 2009 Saltire Society historical past ebook of the YearFrom Caledonia to Pictland examines the transformation of Iron Age northern Britain right into a land of Christian kingdoms, lengthy sooner than 'Scotland' got here into life. Perched on the fringe of the western Roman Empire, northern Britain used to be no longer unaffected via the event, and have become swept up within the nice tide of approaches which gave upward thrust to the early medieval West. Like different locations, the rustic skilled social and ethnic metamorphoses, Christianisation, and colonization through dislocated outsiders, yet northern Britain additionally has its personal certain tale to inform within the first 8 centuries AD.This booklet is the 1st designated political historical past to regard those centuries as a unmarried interval, with due regard for Scotland's place within the larger tale of overdue old transition. From Caledonia to Pictland charts the complicated and shadowy strategies which observed the generic Picts, Northumbrians, North Britons and Gaels of early Scottish historical past develop into demonstrated within the state, the achievements in their greatest political figures, and their ongoing hyperlinks with the realm round them. it's a tale that has turn into a lot revised via altering tendencies in scholarly ways to the hard proof, and that transformation too is defined for the advantage of scholars and common readers.