Sunday, January 2, 2011

New Reference Book - "A History of Everday Life in Medieval Scotland"

A new reference book just released in December 2010 on everyday life in medieval Scotland. While it isn't yet available on Kindle, there is both a paperback and hardback version. The price between the two is quite significant. The book is written by Edward J. Cowan, a professor of Scottish history at the University of Glasgow, and Lizanne Henderson, a lecturer in history at the University of Dundee.

Here is the product description
The editors recount the daily behaviors, experiences, and beliefs of the Scottish people from early times to 1600. They establish the character of everyday life in Scotland as it developed over time and within specific contexts. Despite focusing on the mundane, the editors also heed the experience of war, famine, environmental disaster, and other disturbances, assessing long-term processes of change in religion, politics, and economic and social affairs. In showing how the extraordinary impinged on the everyday, this book draws on every possible kind of evidence, including a diverse range of documentary sources; artefactual, environmental, and archaeological materials; and the published work of many disciplines. Contributors respect a variety of Scottish voices and reveal the nature of daily life across rank, class, gender, age, religion, and ethnicity. They mark the differences between Highland and Lowland, Western Isles and Northern Isles, inland and coastal, and urban and rural, and they trace the influence of language, whether Gaelic, Welsh, English, Pictish, Norse, Latin, or Scots. Particularly fascinating are advances brought about by trading and migration. Taken as a whole, this portrait introduces a brand new perspective on medieval Scotland, with implications for all areas of historical scholarship.

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2 comments:

  1. ooooh! nice.
    but I have to stick with one century for awhile before I jump into another one.

    The Univ. Of Glasgow has been very helpful to me over the years by the way.

    Happy New Year, Jennifer!

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  2. Debra, I think this book would have been helpful to me while I was writing Highland Blessings and Highland Sanctuary. Now I'm moving on the the 18th and 19th centuries. But who says I can't go back and write another medieval?

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