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Packed with specially commissioned artwork, maps and diagrams, the Men-at-Arms series is an unrivalled illustrated reference on the history, organisation, uniforms and equipment of the world's military forces, past and present.

About the Author

Keith Durham is from the Borders himself and has written a number of books and articles on the subject of the Reivers. He is also a skilled and respected figure sculptor who has produced models for a number of companies including Border Miniatures.
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Product Details

  • Series: Men-at-Arms (Book 279)
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (March 13, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855324172
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855324176
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,228,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I convene a Scottish Clan Tent at various Highland Games, and this is always prominantly displayed on my table.
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.
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Splendid Osprey product, as usual. Outstanding line drawings, photos of weapons of their profession and lots of historical details not found elsewhere. Another winner from Osprey.
Five Claymores for this little gem.
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For history fans like myself too often the Osprey books focus on what we think of as being the 'additional information' on a given subject. The authors shine the bright light of their experience and knowledge on the side issues like the difference between winter and summer coats or officer's boots vs the boots of the ordinary troops. Not this time folks, not by a long shot.
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.
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