Scotland's monarchs always had a tough job. Their kingdom had ancient roots and strong traditions, but rivalry and unrest at home, and hostility across the border, often made the throne an uncomfortable one. Some of them failed, others served the nation well. Many of them died violent deaths. This little book traces the long line of Scottish kings and queens, from the Celtic era to the present, and sheds light on many aspects of the country's history along the way. The vivid colour illustrations add to its appeal.