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James Fraser

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748612314

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748612314.001.0001

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Introduction Fabulousness, Obscurity and Difficulty: Narrative History to 795

Introduction Fabulousness, Obscurity and Difficulty: Narrative History to 795

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(p.1) Introduction Fabulousness, Obscurity and Difficulty: Narrative History to 795
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From Caledonia to Pictland Scotland to 795
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James E. Fraser

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748612314.003.0001

This introductory chapter begins with a description of the revolutionary methodology embraced in this book, and discusses how there is surprisingly much to be said and considered about the period roughly from 670 to 740, during which most of the textual evidence was penned. It then states that as an exercise in narrative history this book is unlikely to satisfy all readers. Specialists in particular may feel that too many points of light have been joined up. An attempt has been made to strike a balance, between narrative and necessary discussion of important problems and themes.

Keywords:   Scottish history, Scotland, revolutionary methodology, narrative history

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