Originally published in 1971, this book gives the real substance of Scotland at the time of Mary Queen of Scots. It describes in extensive and colourful detail the way people of all ranks of society lived, their homes, their food and amusements, the ways they earned their living, cared for the sick and punished offenders. Family life, religion, the structure and activities of the clans and the state of the arts are all discussed. The book gives a true picture of a disturbed and remote country in the sixteenth century – a picture of contrasts and contradictions, as Scotland at that time was a country in transition between the medievalism of the Roman Catholic Church and the new Scotland with a rising merchant class.
Table of Contents
1. Backdrop to Scotland in the Sixteenth Century 2. The Organization of Society 3. The People in Their Setting 4. Family Life 5. Earning a Living: On the Land 6. Earning a Living: in the Towns and on the Sea 7. Religion 8. Feuds, Factions and Laws in the Highlands 9. Food and Fun 10. The Social Services 11. Crime and Punishment 12. The Arts.