Historical Background

A Search for some historical context

These notes here have been prepared by Dr. Alistair Ross to explain and amplify topics and aspects of the prevailing culture of the times when the “Book of Deer” was in use.
These notes are followed by three short essays,the first prepared by Andrew Kellock, project worker, for distribution to the visitors to the book of Deer Centre in Aden Country Park, Mintlaw, Aberdeenshire; and the others by Arleen McCombie who explains the cultural influences at work in Europe from 800 to 1199A.D in the first and in the second, what the life of the monks might have been.