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Culloden: The History and Archaeology of the Last Clan Battle Hardcover – 16 Jul 2009

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military (16 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848840209
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848840201
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 322,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Culloden is one of the best documented British battles and also one of the most mapped, yet the contributions to this fine volume have succeeded in finding new material. - Scots Magazine --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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It is no easy task to dispell many of the myths which surround as famous a battle as Culloden but Tony Pollard attempts to do exactly that using the latest archaeological evidence available which has been collected from work undertaken by his team over the past ten years. Pollard is in fact the editor rather than the author of this works although the introduction and a fascinating chapter by the aforesaid gentleman regarding the archaeology of the site are included. The book is in fact a compilation of essays with input from renowned authorities on the subject such as Christopher Duffy and Daniel Szechi.

Pollard acknowledges in the course of his introduction that there are widely varying opinions of the battle, the campaign which led up to the clash and of course the opposing armies which makes for excellent debate within the content of the book between authors with strong opinions. As Pollard states, "This volume does not attempt to reconcile these various viewpoints....nor does it ignore them", and wisely realises that "Any attempt by me as editor to remove these idiosyncrasies would be sailing uncomfortably close to censorship." The reader is therefore left to form their own conclusions from hearing 'both sides of the story'.

Christopher Duffy, writer of the superb volume, 'The '45', covers the history of the campaign leading up to the battle in a brief but masterful overview which is perhaps the most balanced of all the chapters included. Once again Duffy contends that Charles Stuart was a very 'impressive' character whilst his views on Lord George Murray border at times on being overcritical.
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Very thorough and interesting. I went to Culloden and after seeing the excellent exhibition I bought this book to read on the way home, which brought the battle to life. Only criticism is that it reads a bit like an academic document with stand-alone chapters rather than a flow over time, which does lead to a bit of repetition.
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I found this book to be a highly interesting read. As an Archaeologist, it's fantastic to actually have a book that deals with not just the history of the last battle to be fought on British soil, but which also discusses the archaeology of the battle and how understanding the archaeology has allowed for the Battle of Culloden to be reinterpreted. If you're interested in military history and battlefield/conflict archaeology, this book is an essential read.
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This is a truly engaging and highly informative read. The battle of Culloden has always had a vague history but this has been substianally reinforced by the archaeology carried out over the last few years. This is an excellent example of how archaeology and written history can be combined to considerably enhance our understanding of the past. Very recommended!!
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