The New History of Orkney

9781841830223: The New History of Orkney

A fully-revised new edition of the major modern history of Orkney. This major modern history of Orkney is now in a fully-revised new edition. The story of the islands is an enthralling one. Surviving monuments testify to a busy prehistoric period; the Vikings raided and traded over centuries; the great Earldom of the Orkneyinga Saga was established in the Middle Ages; and during two world wars Orkney was crucial to naval strategy.

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About the Author:

William P. L. Thomson is the author of a number of books on Scottish history. He was Rector of Kirkwall Grammar School, in Orkney, from 1971 to 1991, previously having been Principal Teacher of History and Geography at the Anderson High School, Shetland.


'The story is woven with great diligence, depth of research and skill in this new edition which brings us bang up-to-date' * Scottish Life * 'Fuller, better-balanced and more critical than previous histories of Orkney ... scholarly and timely' * Scottish Geographical Magazine * 'Scholarly but well-written, hugely informative but lightened by flashes of humour and always illuminated by robust good sense' * Shetland Times * 'A serious work, full of new insights and distilled information from the dozens of articles and books on Orkney history published in recent times' * New Shetlander *

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