The existence of the great Lordship of the Isles, and the surviving relics of the Gaelic civilisation of which the Lordship was the focal point, have for long fascinated the writer of this book. But, important though the Lordship was in this most formative period in Highland history, the written sources upon which a detailed account could be based are quite adequate, and therefore most of the men who played leading parts in the destiny of the Lordship are little more than names to us.
Rather more can be deduced about Angus Og, illegitimate son of the last Lord of the Isles and, in the words of an Irish analyst, 'the best man of his contemporaries in Eire of Alba'. At least something is known of the incidents in his eventful life, of his struggle to reunite the disintegrating Lordship, and of his attempt to restore it's dominions. Angus Og's personality was strong enough to inspire great devotion and also intense hatred: he was the friend of poets and the patron of craftsmen - one of the beautiful carved slabs at Iona was commissioned by him.
For years the author of this book, who has spent the best part of her life in the study of various aspects of Highland history, wished to try and write the life of Angus Og, but she has found that a biography based upon surviving material could only be a thing of shreds and patches. After many attempts she has tried the expedient of using the facts available, interpolating frank improvisations largely taken from actual episodes in Highland history.
The illustrations are by Miss R. F. Moorwood and are based upon contemporary carvings.
The Dust Jacket is intact but is a little worn on the corners and on the spine. There are the remnants of a sticker or sellotape on the jacket as evidenced in the photos. There is a Library stamp and also a Withdrawn stamp on the inside page. The Book's contents are in otherwise Very Good Condition