This exciting new study takes an in-depth but highly readable look at one of the major periods in British history as it impacted on one of the most iconic and culturally distinct regions of our land, the Norse, or Viking Age in the Highlands of Scotland. This deeply researched study will appeal to the historian and the interested layman alike, whether their interest is in Norse studies, the Scottish Highlands or simply the history of the nation and it’s people.
Drawing on a wide range of historic and modern sources from the ancient annals and sagas to the most recent internet research, the Viking Highlands aims to present a coherent, historical, sometimes speculative, narrative of that long era in Highland history when the people, politics and culture of the Norse played such a vital and significant role in the life and development of the nation.
This study looks into the first viking raids, the establishment and history of such realms as the Jarldom of Orkney, the Kingdom of Man and the Isles or the province of Caithness. A host of historic characters people the pages from Ivarr the Boneless to Saint Magnus, from Gudrod Crovan to King Somerled, from Norse warlords, to saints, politicians, rebels and Scots kings – all those who formed a part of, or interacted with, the Norse history of the Highlands. No stone is left unturned in the effort to bring light to this often overlooked and frequently obscure history. From Dunnet Head to the Mull of Kintrye, from Lewis and Harris to the lands of Moray this history truly is of the Viking Highlands.
Drawing on the old sources and the hard-work of historians as well as on his own researches, deductions, speculations and genuine passionate interest D. Rognvald Kelday, with the blood of Orkney and Caithness stirring that passion, has brought together a most comprehensive and professionally researched study whilst keeping the work very readable, fascinating and approachable for readers of all types, professional, layman, Scot, English, Islander or whomsoever has an interest in the history of the fascinating Norse and Viking or the equally fascinating Highlander and Scot.