A dynasty of high ability and great charm, the Stuarts exerted a compelling fascination over their supporters and enemies alike. With the passage of time, their fascination has grown: for many, these rulers have achieved the legendary heroic status of King Arthur or Fionn MacCumhail. "The Invention of Scotland" investigates the truth behind the flamboyant tartan figures adorning whisky bottles and biscuit tins, and assesses the influence of the Stuart mystique on the political and cultural identity of Scotland today. Considering the Stuart myth in the light of other British monarchial myths, such as that of Arthur, Murray Pittock outlines the method by which the Stuarts from Charles I to Bonnie Prince Charlie developed strategies to consolidate their heroic status, and discusses both pro- and anti-Union propaganda. He provides an insight into the "radicalism" of Scottish Jacobitism, contrasting this "Jacobitism of the Left" with the sentimental image constructed by the Victorians. In tracing the Stuart influence to the present day, he suggests that the Stuart mystique gave unity to a nation struggling to retain its identity and analyzes modern conceptions of the myth. This book should be of interest to students and lecturers in Scottish history and literature.
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’Possibly the most interesting book I have ever read on what it means to be Scottish’- TopicalBooks (Spring ,1992)
'I am pleased to see a Scottish critic of my own generation who writes so well and has such vision...purposeful, ambitious, panoptic’ - Robert Crawford, Scottish Literary Journal. .
‘Attractive...well written and stimulating book’- Ian Bradley, History Today, September, 50-1.
‘One of the most important books on modern Scotland to appear in recent years’- Stewart Brown, Albion. .
‘An interesting and in many ways a courageous book’- Brean Hammond, British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 15:2,235.
'An insightful view...successfully bridges the gap between the discipline of history and literary/cultural studies, a feat requiring unusual academic skills’ - David Duncan.
‘A valuable lesson on the ways in which all national identities are in some sense invented’- Leith Davis, Eighteenth Century Scotland, 25 (1993).
‘Interesting,intelligent and knowledgeable’ - Seventeenth-Century News
'The most provocative work of this year...as intriguing as it is important’ - Jill Rubinstein, Year’s Work inn Scottish Literature (1991/2).
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Descripción Hardback. Estado de conservación: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Nº de ref. de la librería GOR007839243
Descripción 1991. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Fair. 1991 Routledge hardcover edition. Ex library copy with stamps and labels to spine and endpapers but the text is clean and the binding is tight. Posted promptly by UK seller. Nº de ref. de la librería I1-3VDQ-6B2O
Descripción Routledge, London and New York, 1991. Black Boards. Estado de conservación: Good. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Good. The Stuarts exerted a compelling fascination over their supporters and enemies alike. This book investigates the truth behind the myth, and assesses the influence of the Stuart mystique on the political and cultural identity of Scotland today. ix+198 pages, with Index and Bibliography. Bound in black cloth on hard boards, with silver lettering on the spine. Green and white dust jacket. Some lines in pencil in the margins of some pages. The book is in good condition, the dust jacket is lightly rubbed especially on the back cover. In good condition Size: 6 1/4 " x 9 1/2". Hard Cover. Nº de ref. de la librería 006134