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The Border Reivers (Men-at-Arms) Paperback – March 13, 1995
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It gives a quick, but thorough history on the Scottish Border Reivers for those of use who don't have time to read the Steel Bonnets. The illustrations alone are worth the price of the book.
Five Claymores for this little gem.
Keith Durham uses the words of people alive at the time to bring a personal look into the style of fighting and the culture of the border. Scots raiders slipped into England to kill and rob. Men from England did the same, crossing into Scotland to steal cattle, to murder and to take men hostage against future ransom. And on neither side did the reivers stop short of pillaging their own countrymen.
Durham does not stop short of describing the arms and accouterments of the bands of robbers. We know of the 'daggs', the wheel lock pistols used by all sides, the swords with their basket hilts, the front and back armor and so on. But the frequent quotations of people on the ground make the book for me. "Dyverse Scottes to the number of two thousand or threabouts....runne a forrowe within England and have taken and driven away out of Tyndall about a thousand sheep and goates, besides insight, clothes, gear and weapons." There are many like sayings from 'dyverse' commentators, all of personal insight from people who knew well the situation on the ground.
Illustrator Angus McBride is perhaps the most famous and best regarded of the large and excellent stable of illustrators employed by Osprey. His drawings are of course top notch. I want to mention that the drawings are made from evidence of some short coming from the time in question. In other words he did not just make stuff up.Read more ›
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Fascinating and well illustrated history of Scottish-English border warfare.Published 5 months ago by K. Michael Waldock
"The Border Reivers" is an excellent summary that quickly acquaints readers with the story of the Anglo-Saxon borderlands. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Rick L Sherrod