BookMountains and lochs, rugged terrain, challenging weather, seclusion: the Scottish highlands had everything that was needed to prepare soldiers for Commando warfare. From 1940-44 highland properties were selected and transformed into special training centres to teach guerrilla methods, assault landings and survival techniques. Commando Country looks across the origins and...
BookFolk tales and beliefs are as important a part of cultural history as novels or organised religion. Robert Burns and the Hellish Legion explores some aspects of life in the world in which Burns lived and wrote, the supernatural beliefs which people held, and how they fitted into their everyday...
BookThe humorous and intricately designed hoard of Lewis Chessmen is one of the most significant archaeological discoveries ever made in Scotland. The Lewis Chessmen were found hidden on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland, in the early nineteenth century. It of seated consisted kings and queens, mitred bishops, knights on...
Caldwell, David H ; Hall, Mark A ; Wilkinson, Caroline M
BookThe Tomb presents the story of an extraordinary ancient Egyptian tomb, built around 1290BC in the city of Thebes for a Chief of Police and his wife, and reused for over 1000 years. It was sealed shortly after the Roman conquest of Egypt with an intact family burial. When excavated...
BookThe Traprain Law treasure from east Lothian in south-east Scotland is the most dramatic hoard of late Roman Hacksilber yet found. The interpretation of these bent, broken and crushed silver fragments has long been debated. Were they loot broken up by uncultured barbarians, or some form of diplomatic gift? This...
BookThe elaborately carved Hilton of Cadboll stone, the house-shaped Monymusk Reliquary and the sumptuously decorated Hunterston brooch (all on view in the National Museum of Scotland) are evidence of the sophistication of Scottish craftsmen in the time AD 300-900, formerly known as the 'Dark Ages'. A pioneering partnership between National...
Clarke, David V ; Blackwell, Alice ; Goldberg, D Martin
‘A very able man, of somewhat explosive ... opinions’: the Reverend Henry Stuart Fagan (1827-1890), Church of England parson, Headmaster of Bath Grammar School, literary man, and Irish Home RulerThe Reverend Henry Stuart Fagan (1827-1890), after a fine career at the City of London School and Oxford University, became headmaster of several grammar schools in succession, lastly at Bath Grammar School from 1858 to 1870 where he also held the linked parish of Charlcombe. His tenure was complicated by...
Taylor, Michael A
BookThe popular form of traditional theatre in Japan, known as kabuki, combines drama, music and dance and is presented on spectacular stage settings in lavish costumes. In 19th-century Japan people eagerly acquired pictures of their favourite actor in the latest play. These woodblock prints were a cheap and colourful medium...
BookThis book looks at the four main, and two lesser, English centres known for instrument production outside the capital: Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield, along with the older population centres in Bristol and York. Making wide use of new sources, Dr Morrison-Low, curator of history of science at the National...
Morrison-Low, A D