Macbeth – A True Story – Fiona Watson

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Thanks to Shakespeare, the name Macbeth has become a byword for political ambition realised 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 epitomised the contemporary model of vigorous medieval kingship. His fascinating story, long overdue in the telling, is done full justice in Fiona Watson's authoritative and compelling narrative.
About the Author:
Fiona Watson is a historian, writer and broadcaster. She is the author of Under the Hammer: Edward I and Scotland, 1296-1305 and Scotland, A History. She also fronted 'In Search of Scotland', a 10-part TV series in 2001 and has presented numerous radio programmes, including 'Enlightenment', 'History File' and 'House with a Past' for Radio Scotland, and a programme on Macbeth for Radio 3. She lives in Perthshire.

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