Scottish History without the Boring Bits

A Chronicle of the Curious, the Eccentric, the Atrocious and the Unlikely

By Ian Crofton

Format: Multiple Formats

An imaginative, amusing and informative take on Scottish history by the bestselling author of The History of Britain without the Boring Bits.

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Birlinn Limited

Birlinn publishes mostly non-fiction books, ranging from biography to history, military history and Scottish interest. Their imprints, Polygon Books, Arena Sport Books and John Donald Books, publish a wide variety of genres including culture, literary fiction, poetry and sports.

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As an antidote to more sober accounts of Scotland's history, Ian Crofon offers a colourful chronology of the eccentric, the infamous, the bawdy, the horrific and the hilarious people and events that have spattered across the pages of our nation's story. From the Royal High School riot to Marocco the Wonder Horse, from the War of the One-Eyed Woman to the MP cleared of stealing his ex-mistress's knickers, A History of Scotland Without the Boring Bits includes a host of little-known tales that you won't find in more conventional works of history, including the chatelaine who struck a general over the head with a leg of mutton, the cow that gave birth to fourteen puppies, the clan chief who ripped out the throat of his enemy with his teeth, the surgeon who was so fast with the saw that he inadvertently took off his patient's testicles as well as his leg, the mathematician who calculated that the Christian religion would finally disappear in the year 3153. Ian Crofton's alternative history of Scotland looks at the country's seedy underbelly with a quizzical eye.It is full of the mischievous humour and lightly-worn scholarship so praised by the critics in his Dictionary of Scottish Phrase and Fable.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 1 May 2015
SKU 9781780272658-grouped
Number of Pages 238

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'It's light, sometimes lurid, but with a very human focus'

'This collection of anecdotes and quirky facts will delight those seeking an alternative history of our nation'

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