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Scotland

For some reason, the Scottish are often portrayed as semi-barbaric wildmen living in the hills, descending to the civilized world only to raid and loot. They're shown wearing kilts, swinging giant swords, and speaking in the crazy brogue that has become synonymous with tartans and plaid.

Ironically, Scotland has often been the anchor of civilized intellectual stability in a crazed world. Not only was it the center of the Enlightenment through the work of philosophers like David Hume and Thomas Reid, it was (and this is more important) a salient outpost of the Protestant Reformation in Europe.

Anything you think you know about Scotland because you watchedBraveheart is wrong, first of all. While there was a guy named William Wallace who fought for Scottish independence from England, he was far from the dirtball portrayed by Mel Gibson, a lot taller, and never wore a kilt (kilts were adopted in the 16th century, over 200 years later, and only in the Highlands).

In the movie, Wallace is portrayed as somewhat bloodthirsty, a bit loose in his faith, and willing to sleep with another man's wife. In fact, he was a devout Christian whose ideals led him to defend his land and his people from the grasping, tyrannical hand of the English monarch.

Entire books could be written on the faults and lies ofBraveheart, but that's not really worth our while. More important is to draw attention to the positive aspects of Scotland's history, those things that show a people dedicated to the pursuit and defense of truth, particularly the truth as presented in God's Word.

As one of the capitals of the Protestant Reformation, Scotland produced the great John Knox, a physically weak man who was mighty in the Gospel and holiness, standing against a corrupt government and church on behalf of Christ. He was often in great personal danger, but succeeded in recovering the true Gospel from apostate clergy and establishing Presbyterianism.

Not all Scots were Protestants, of course, and there were pockets of strong Catholic opposition to Knox's reforms for a long time, especially among the Highlanders who are often portrayed popularly as staunch anti-Romanists. But the spirit of Protestantism held on in the Northern Kingdom, and to this day Scotland remains an officially Protestant country.

Few places on earth have as thoroughly captured the imagination of so many as Scotland. While it has long been an outpost of orthodox Christianity and stalwart intellectualism, it's also undeniable that there's something unearthly about the lonely moors, the mysterious lochs, and the vast wildernesses of the Highlands and Lowlands alike.

Perhaps this tension has made Scotland such a place of fascination. Not only is God's hand seen in the sophistication of Scottish society, it's present everywhere in the savage beauty that the land's poets have sung for ages. We hope the books we offer below will be a gateway of wonder for the uninitiated, and a welcome portal for those who've been away too long.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur.Read more of his reviews here.

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Always Room for One More
by Sorche Nic Leodhas
from Henry Holt and Company
for Preschool-3rd grade
1966 Caldecott Medal winner
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$6.76
Bonnie Prince Charlie
by G. A. Henty
from Robinson Curriculum
Historical Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in G. A. Henty Books (Location: A06-02A)
$20.00
Bonnie Prince Charlie
by G. A. Henty
from Robinson Curriculum
Historical Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in G. A. Henty Books (Location: A06-02A)
Crown & Covenant Trilogy
by Doug Bond
from P&R Publishing
Historical Fiction for 6th-9th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: A05-01A)
$29.57
Duncan's War
Crown & Covenant Series #1
by Douglas Bond
from P&R Publishing
Historical Fiction for 6th-9th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: A05-01A)
$11.04 $6.00 (1 in stock)
Father to Nobody's Children
by David E. Fessenden
from CLC Publications
for 4th-7th grade
in Clearance: Biographies (Location: A12-05)
$2.00 (2 in stock)
Girl in a Cage
Stewart Quartet
by Jane Yolen, Robert Harris
from Speak
for 6th-9th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: A05-01A)
$5.94
Great Northern?
Swallows and Amazons #12
by Arthur Ransome
from David R. Godine
for 5th-9th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: A04-01A)
Guns of the Lion
Faith and Freedom Trilogy #2
by Douglas Bond
from P&R Publishing
for 5th-9th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: A05-01A)
$10.19 $6.00 (1 in stock)
Highlander's Last Song
by George MacDonald
from Bethany House
for 9th-Adult
in 19th Century Literature (Location: CLT-19C)
$3.20 (1 in stock)
History of the Reformation in Scotland
by John Knox
from Banner of Truth Trust
for 10th-Adult
in Renaissance & Reformation Literature (Location: CLT-REN)
$11.90
Hot Peas & Barley-O - Book & CD
by Susan Brumfield
from Hal Leonard Corp
for 1st-6th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: BLG-07D)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Human Nature in Its Fourfold State
by Thomas Boston
Reprint from Banner of Truth Trust
for Adult
in Puritan Writings (Location: C03-03C)
$16.00 (1 in stock)
Hunted and Harried
by R. M. Ballantyne
from Vision Forum
Action/Adventure for 5th-9th grade
in R. M. Ballantyne Books (Location: A04-04C)
$15.00 (1 in stock)
If You Were Me and Lived in...Scotland
A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World Volume 15
by Carole P. Roman
for 1st-3rd grade
in Europe (Location: B02-05B)
In Freedom's Cause
by G. A. Henty
from Preston Speed
Historical Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in G. A. Henty Books (Location: A06-02A)
$11.20 (1 in stock)
In Freedom's Cause
by G. A. Henty
from Christian Liberty Press
Historical Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in G. A. Henty Books (Location: A06-02A)
$10.84 $7.00 (1 in stock)
In Freedom's Cause
by G. A. Henty
from Robinson Curriculum
Historical Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in G. A. Henty Books (Location: A06-02A)
$25.49
In Freedom's Cause
by G. A. Henty
from Dover Publications
for 6th-10th grade
in G. A. Henty Books (Location: A06-02A)
In Freedom's Cause
by G. A. Henty
from Robinson Curriculum
Historical Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in G. A. Henty Books (Location: A06-02A)
In Freedom's Cause - Audio Drama
by G. A. Henty
for 6th-10th grade
in Henty Audio Books (Location: APO-01C)
In Freedom's Cause - MP3 CD
by Jim Hodges
from Jim Hodges Productions
Historical Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in Henty Audio Books (Location: APO-01C)
$21.25
James Fenimore Cooper, the American Scott
by James Fenimore Cooper
from Routledge
for 8th-Adult
in Clearance: Biographies (Location: A12-05)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
John Knox
by Simonetta Carr
from Reformation Heritage Books
for 2nd-6th grade
in Church History for Kids (Location: CPB-07C)
Kidnapped
Everyman's Library Children's Classics
by Robert Louis Stevenson
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Action/Adventure for 4th-8th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: A04-01A)
$12.71
Kidnapped
Puffin Classics
by Robert Louis Stevenson
from Puffin Books
Action/Adventure for 5th-9th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: A04-01A)
$5.09
Kidnapped
Scribner Illustrated Classics
by Robert Louis Stevenson
1st edition from Atheneum
Historical Fiction for 7th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: A04-01A)
$11.60 (1 in stock)
King's Arrow
Crown & Covenant Series #2
by Doug Bond & Matthew Bird
from P&R Publishing
Historical Fiction for 6th-9th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: A05-01A)
$9.34 $6.00 (2 in stock)
Kings and Queens of Scotland
by R. L. Mackie, J. Ross
from Geddes & Grosset
for 8th-Adult
in Great Britain / England (Location: B02-05A)
$5.50 (1 in stock)
Learn to Play the Bagpipe
by Pipe Major R. T. Shepherd
from Mid-East MFG.
for 5th-12th grade
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Lords of Scotland
from Z-Man Games
Card Game for Ages 10 and Up
in Card Games (Location: A03-01A)
$15.99
Macbeth
Dover Thrift Editions
by William Shakespeare
from Dover Publications
for 10th-adult
in Renaissance & Reformation Literature (Location: CLT-REN)
$2.55
Marquis' Secret
by George MacDonald
from Bethany House
for 8th-Adult
in 19th Century Literature (Location: CLT-19C)
$3.20 (1 in stock)
Mary Queen of Scots
by Antonia Fraser
1st Abridged from Delacorte Press
for 10th-Adult
in Clearance: Biographies (Location: A12-05)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Mary, Queen of Scotland and the Isles
by Stefan Zweig
from Viking Press
for 9th-Adult
in Clearance: Biographies (Location: A12-05)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Mary, Queen of Scots
Royal Diaries
by Kathryn Lasky
from Scholastic Inc.
for 3rd-6th grade
in Royal Diaries (Location: A10-04B)
Mary, Queen of Scots
World Landmark #6
by Emily Hahn
from Random House
for 5th-9th grade
in World Landmark Books (Location: A10-04D)
Moorchild
by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
$1.00 (1 in stock)
Origin and Signification of Scottish Surnames
by Clifford Stanley Sims
from Avenel Books
for 6th-12th grade
in Great Britain / England (Location: B02-05A)
$6.50 (1 in stock)
Phonics Museum Reader #29
by Gene Veith
from Veritas Press
for Kindergarten-2nd grade
in Veritas Press Phonics Museum (Location: B09-04B)
$3.00 $2.00 (4 in stock)
Poetic Justice
by Nigel Tranter
from Hodder & Stoughton Religious
for 9th-Adult
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
by Muriel Spark
from Plume Books
for Adult
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
by Muriel Spark
from Harper Perennial
for 10th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: CLT-20C)
$11.89
Rebel's Keep
Crown & Covenant Series #3
by Doug Bond
from P&R Publishing
Historical Fiction for 6th-9th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: A05-01A)
$11.04 $6.00 (1 in stock)
Rob Roy
Penguin Classics
by Sir Walter Scott
from Penguin Putnam
Historical Fiction for 10th-Adult
in 19th Century Literature (Location: CLT-19C)
$9.35
Scotland's Story
by H. E. Marshall
from Yesterday's Classics
for 5th-12th grade
in Yesterday's Classics (Location: A11-02C)
$17.95
Scots Worthies
by John Howie
from Banner of Truth Trust
for 11th-Adult
in Puritan History (Location: C06-03D)
Scottish Chiefs
by Jane Porter
from Beautiful Feet Books
Historical Epic for 8th-10th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: A05-01A)
$15.26
Scottish Highland Adventures
by Catherine Mackenzie
from Christian Focus Publications
for 3rd-6th grade
in Adventures Series (Location: A11-02A)
$8.99 $5.00 (2 in stock)
Scottish Highlanders and Their Regiments
by Michael Brander
from Barnes & Noble
for 8th-12th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: BLG-07D)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
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