This is truly a fascinating overview of Scotland's turbulent past and its relationship with the various dynasties of kings and queens who ruled the country, until James VI of Scotland became James I of England.
It must be remembered that Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain is actually Queen Elizabeth I of Scotland.
What really strikes me from this book is the sheer instability and violence which Scotland underwent for centuries: the roots of the antagonisms between England and Scotland long predate the issues of the Reformation.
What also strikes me is how relatively recently the Pretenders to the Scottish throne were still advancing their claims.
This makes an ideal Christmas or birthday gift for a young person interested in history, or even Scottish genealogy.