Meluki's Celtic Catalog

Celtic Culture in Words and Music


Item# 9780857381606

Product Description

Publisher: Quercus (Nov 2011)

Author: Fiona Watson

A respected historian of medieval Scotland releases the authentic historical Macbeth from a prison of literary and folkloric myth Thanks to Shakespeare, the name Macbeth has become a byword for political ambition realized by bloody violence. Fiona Watson has uncovered, buried beneath the layers of myth, a history that is entirely different from, but just as extraordinary as, that recounted by Shakespeare. As ruler of Alba (Scotland) Macbeth sat on one of the longest-established thrones in Western Europe. It is true that he killed Duncan, the previous king, but this was the normal, if brutal, method of regime change in Dark Age Scotland. The reality is that Macbeth quickly established himself as an effective and popular ruler. As a Celtic warrior-king, he was responsible for the maintenance of his people's dominance of northern Britain. A friend to the Church and valiant protector of his people, the real Macbeth epitomized the contemporary model of vigorous medieval kingship. His fascinating story, long overdue in the telling, is done full justice in this authoritative and compelling narrative. (pb)