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The Story of Orkney Kirks and People by Jocelyn Rendall.

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Through many centuries, Orkney's churches have been the theatre in which the great dramas of Orkney's history have been played out.

From hermitages on wind-blasted holms to dour nineteenth-century preaching barns; from a splendid cathedral founded by a Norse earl to a Nissen hut painted by Italian prisoners during the Second World War; from city kirks built for huge and earnest Presbyterian congregations to a diminutive Roman Catholic Chapel converted from a byre, Orkney's churches are diverse in scale, age, style and history, but all play their part in a story that is as beautiful and stormy as the islands themselves.

Jocelyn Rendall tells the fascinating story of an island's people through the records of these churches.

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