From well-known events like the invasion of Somerled of Argyll in 1164 to lesser-known challenges like that from Donald MacWillliam in the 1180s, the book offers a systematic exploration of the leaders of insurrection, their aims and motivations, their military capabilities, and the reasons behind their failure as well as the overall impact of insurrection upon the Scottish kingdom.
R. Andrew McDonald is Professor of History at Brock University, Canada, where he was the founding director of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. He is the author of many books, book chapters, and articles on medieval Scottish, Hebridean, and Manx history, including The Kingdom of the Isles: Scotland’s Western Seaboard, c.1100–c.1336, co-editor of The Viking Age: A Reader and co-editor of Alba: Celtic Scotland in the Middle Ages.
Publication Date: 14 April 2016
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd