Department of European Languages and Cultures

Book launch and lecture: The Vikings in Islay

Cover of Dr Alan Macnivens book: The Vikings in Islay

The Inner Hebridean island of Islay is well known for its whisky, its wildlife and its association with the MacDonald Lords of the Isles. There would seem little reason to dwell on its fate at the hands of marauding Northmen during the Viking Age. Despite a pivotal location on the ‘searoad’ from Norway to Ireland, there are no convincing accounts of the Vikings ever having been there. Theirs is a story which must be read from another type of source material, the silent witness of the local names of places.

The Vikings in Islay presents a systematic review of around 300 of the island’s farm and nature names. The conclusions drawn turn traditional historical assumptions on their head. The ‘romance’ of Islay’s names, it seems, masks a harrowing tale of invasion, apartheid and ethnic cleansing.

 

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception and book signing, at which attendees will be able to purchase the book at a £5 discount.

 

The Vikings in Islay
Nov 25 2015 -

Book launch and lecture: The Vikings in Islay

To celebrate the launch of his new book, The Vikings in Islay, Dr Alan Macniven will be giving a public lecture which will be followed by a drinks reception and book signing.

Room G.06
50 George Square
Edinburgh
EH8 9LH