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A Narrow Sea

The first history of the special relationship between Ireland and Scotland from acclaimed historian Jonathan Bardon, based on his BBC Radio series

Based on the popular BBC Ulster radio series of the same name, A Narrow Sea traces the epic sweep of Ireland’s relationship with Scotland, exploring the myriad connections, correlations, personalities and antagonisms that have, over the centuries, defined the relationship between these two spirited neighbours.

In 120 brief, episodic chapters, A Narrow Sea offers a stirring and panoramic view of a connection that has shaped the course of history. Roving freely across the centuries, from the first migrations of the regions’ paleolithic tribes and their encounters with Greek and Roman explorers, to the grand colonial projects of the Vikings, Normans and Stuarts, this is the story of how a shared culture laid the basis for two very different nations.


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Publication Date

October 2018




Hardback, 288 pages

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Gill Books


234 x 156 mm


By Jonathan Bardon

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Jonathan Bardon is one of Ireland’s most eminent historians. A former lecturer in History at Queen’s University Belfast, he has presented several radio documentary series for BBC Ulster and is the author of numerous books, including the bestselling A History of Ireland in 250 Episodes.

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