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Author : Caroline Wickham-Jones
ISBN : 9780857905918
Genre : History
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Orkney: A Historical Guide is a marvelous companion to the fascinating Orkney islands, offering a broad overview of their history. Starting with the prehistoric period, from which survives the famous settlement of Skara Brae, it goes on to discuss the flowering of the Celtic Church in the sixth and seventh centuries and the subsequent invasion by the Vikings, who settled there in large numbers and established a powerful Norse earldom. This was perhaps the most dynamic period of Orkney's history, and is characterised in the famous Orkneyinga Saga, one of the major literary works of its time. Orkney lies only twenty miles north of mainland Scotland, yet for many centuries its culture was more Scandanavian than Scottish. Strong westerly winds account for the scarcity of trees on Orkney and for the tradition of well-constructed stone buildings. As a result, exceptionally well-preserved remains are to be found in the islands, providing a rounded view of society through the ages. Sites and remains to be explored include settlements from the stone age, stone circles and burials from the bronze age, iron-age brochs, Viking castles, the magnificent cathedral of St Magnus, Renaissance palaces, a Martello tower from the Napoleonic Wars and numerous remains from the Second World War. This new edition has been revised and updated, and includes a new chapter which sheds light on exciting and recent findings.

Guide To The Highlands And Islands Of Scotland Including Orkney And Zetland

Author : George Anderson
ISBN : UCBK:C058016121
Genre : Hebrides (Scotland)
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Walking On The Orkney And Shetland Isles

Author : Graham Uney
ISBN : 9781783623358
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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A guidebook to 80 walking routes on Scotland's Northern Isles of Orkney and Shetland. Routes are described on the islands of Orkney (Orkney Mainland, Hoy, South Ronaldsay, Burray, Rousay, Eday, Westray, Papa Westray, North Ronaldsay) and the islands of Shetland (Shetland Mainland, West Burra, East Burra, Foula, Fair Isle, Isle of Noss, Bressay, Whalsay, Papa Stour, Muckle Roe, Out Skerries, Esha Ness, Yell, Fetlar and Unst). Routes vary in length from 1 mile to 16 miles, with something to suit all abilities. Offering a variety of landscapes together with a wealth of remarkable archaeological sites such as Skara Brae and Jarlshof, Orkney and Shetland are a walker's dream. Step-by-step route descriptions are accompanied by clear OS mapping and a time estimate for completing each route. The book includes plenty of information on the region's wildlife, archaeology and history, as well as practical tips such as when to go, what to take and getting to and around Orkney and Shetland. Quiet, remote and abounding in rare plants and wildlife, together with some of the world's most fascinating archaeological sites, Orkney and Shetland offer a treasure trove of natural and historic wonders, and makes an ideal walking holiday destination.

Guide To The Highlands And Islands Of Scotland Including Orkney And Zetland By G And P Anderson

Author : George Anderson (of Inverness.)
ISBN : OXFORD:590021153
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Beeton S British Gazetteer A Topographical And Historical Guide To The United Kingdom With The Correct Pronunciation Of The Name Of Every Place

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ISBN : BL:A0018307370
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The New History Of Orkney

Author : William P. L. Thomson
ISBN : WISC:89101534063
Genre : History
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From the pre-history period, producing unrivalled monuments and the first appearance of Orkney as the Orchades of classical writers, this work traces 600 years of Scandinavian rule and the 500 year association of the islands with Scotland.

Orkney Nature

Author : Robert James Berry
ISBN : STANFORD:36105025308425
Genre : Nature
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The Orkneys have been strangely neglected by naturalists when compared to Shetland or Western Scotland, although they have long been a place of pilgrimage for archaeologists and historians. This work seeks to make available the islands' animals, plants and scenic history to casual readers as well as specialists.

Guide To The Highlands And Islands Of Scotland

Author : George Anderson
ISBN : 1334572127
Genre : Travel
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Excerpt from Guide to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland: Including Orkney and Zetland, Descriptive of Their Scenery, Statistics, Antiquities, and Natural History Though the plan of the first Edition led to greater use being made, than in subsequent Editions, of the benefits of the scientific aid, which the kindness of Drs. Hibbert, Sir W. J. Hooker, Sir Roderick Impey Murcheson, and the Reverend George Gordon of Birnie, put at their command, the Authors would again tender their grateful acknowledgments to these gentlemen. This Edition is enriched with a valuable synopsis of the Geology of Morayshire by Alexander Robertson, Esq, of Elgin. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

Reader S Guide To British History

Author : D. M. Loades
ISBN : UOM:39015059137755
Genre : Great Britain
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"A masterful attempt to describe the historical secondary literature of the British Isles -- from prehistory to the present day -- the set is comprised of substantial essays of 1,000 to 3,000 words each on a wide array of subjects -- all written by pre-eminent scholars in language accessible to beginning students and advanced researchers. Each listed essay title is given a thorough annotation."--"The Top 20 Reference Titles of the Year," American Libraries, May 2004.

The Islands Of Orkney

Author : Liv Kjørsvik Schei
ISBN : NWU:35556032386088
Genre : Travel
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An historical journey that takes an informative look at the evolution of each island, and a discussion of how Orkney has become the magical place it is today.

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