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    DescriptionWords have always held great power in the Gaelic traditions of the Scottish Highlands: bardic poems bought immortality for their subjects; satires threatened to ruin reputations and cause physical injury; clan sagas recounted family origins and struggles for power; incantations invoked blessings and curses. Even in the present, Gaels strive to counteract centuries of misrepresentation of the Highlands as a backwater of barbarism without a valid story of its own to tell. "Warriors of the Word" offers a broad overview of Scottish Highland culture and history, bringing together rare and previously untranslated primary texts from scattered and obscure sources. Poetry, songs, tales, and proverbs, supplemented by the accounts of insiders and travelers, illuminate traditional ways of life, exploring such topics as folklore, music, dance, literature, social organization, supernatural beliefs, human ecology, ethnic identity, and the role of language. This range of materials allows Scottish Gaeldom to be described on its own terms and to demonstrate its vitality and wealth of renewable cultural resources. This is an essential compendium for scholars, students, and all enthusiasts of Scottish culture.


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    Title
    Warriors of the Word
    Subtitle
    The World of the Scottish Highlanders
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Michael Newton
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 448
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 726 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781841588261
    ISBN 10: 1841588261
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25500
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBKS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Libri: I-HP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: SOC011000, SOC005000
    B&T Approval Code: A33500000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A15202025
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBKS
    DC22: 941.15
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS054000, HIS039000
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    LC classification: DA880.H6 N498 2009
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    Thema V1.0: NHTB, NHD
    Edition statement
    New.
    Illustrations note
    maps
    Publisher
    Birlinn General
    Imprint name
    BIRLINN LTD
    Publication date
    01 September 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Edinburgh
    Author Information
    Michael Newton is a lecturer in the Celtic Studies department of St Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Celtic Studies from the University of Edinburgh and is a leading authority on the literature and cultural legacy of Scottish Highland immigrant communities in America. He has written several books and numerous articles on many aspects of Highland tradition and history, and was the editor of DA'thchas nan Gaidheal: Selected Essays of John MacInnes, which won the Saltire Society's Research Book award of 2006.
    Review quote
    A complete rewrite and massive expansion of the author's previous Handbook of the Gaelic World. Essential for anyone interested in the Gaelic world.