The Picts peopled the Highlands of Scotland between the fourth and ninth centuries. Their seasoned warriors defeated the Roman legions, then their neighbours from Dál Riata and Northumbria, and they held off the Norse invasions. They have left their country strewn with enigmatic steles that still fascinate and puzzle the specialists.
With more than a hundred illustrations, this book covers all aspects of Pictish society, including its language, matrilineal succession, monarchs, religious concepts, customs and traditions, and artistic production. It also deals with the events which led to its demise and the beginnings of what became present-day Scotland.
By means of this publication, the author hopes to repair an injustice and – for the time it takes to read – give new life to this vanished people.
Frédéric Kurzawa is a doctor in Catholic theology and a member of the Centre International de Recherche et de Documentation sur le Monachisme Celtique, the Société Belge d’Études Celtiques, the Pictish Arts Society and the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland.
He has written two major works on Saint Patrick and Saint Columban: Saint Patrick, apôtre des Irlandais and Saint Colomban et les racines chrétiennes de l’Europe, and has been involved in numerous academic collaborations and publications, as well as articles for the general public.
Key Sales Points
– This book delves into the roots of the Scottish nation, revealing a people that is often forgotten in accounts of the Celts..