Read online or download a free book: The Horseman's Word
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd: 1st Edition edition (9 July 2002)
By: Timothy Neat (Author)
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This work is the last volume of Timothy Neat's quintet of books on Highland Life in the 20th century: appropriately it moves beyond the Highlands to embrace the whole of Scotland. It presents, in words and pictures, a group of 12 Scottish horsemen, blacksmiths and rural workers from Ross-shire, Inverness-shire, Argyll, Perthshire, Fife and the Scottish Borders. These are men whose lives have helped shape a nation. Control of fire, metals and horses have been of fundamental importance to the historical development of Western civilization and horsemen, and metalworkers have played a large part in the making of modern Scotland. Their skills have, recurrently, transformed agricultural practices, industrial development and military history: their discipline, hard work, energy and values have had great influence on the character of Scots rural society and culture. It is no accident that in mythological tradition the smith, the medicine man and the artist were, usually, one and the same man.
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