The Steel Bonnets: The Story of the Anglo-Scottish Border Reivers

The Steel Bonnets: The Story of the Anglo-Scottish Border Reivers

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by George MacDonald Fraser
     
 

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From the thirteenth to the sixteenth centuries, outlaws reigned supreme on the contentious frontier between England and Scotland. Feud and terror, raid and reprisal, were the ordinary stuff of life—and a way of survival. Power was held by the notorious border reivers (the "steel bonnets," named for their flashy helmets), who robbed and murdered in the name of

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From the thirteenth to the sixteenth centuries, outlaws reigned supreme on the contentious frontier between England and Scotland. Feud and terror, raid and reprisal, were the ordinary stuff of life—and a way of survival. Power was held by the notorious border reivers (the "steel bonnets," named for their flashy helmets), who robbed and murdered in the name of family: the famous clans (or "grains")—like Elliot, Armstrong, Charlton, and Robson—romanticized by Sir Walter Scott. In The Steel Bonnets, George MacDonald Fraser, author of the bestselling Flashman novels, and himself a borderer, tells the fascinating and bloody story of the reivers, their rise to power as ferocious soldiers of horse, and their surprisingly sudden fall from grace.

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Hugh Trevor-Roper
A splendid book, both scholarly and readable, accurate and alive...This is a book which any historian can envy.
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Fife has an infectious enthusiasm for the Tour and it shows in every sentence... A difficult book to put down.
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"A remarkably successful book on a fascinating subject, well organized and well written." —Time's Literary Supplement

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ISBN-13:
9781602392656
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
07/01/2008
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
1,186,462
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)

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Geroge MacDonneld Fraser was the author of the famous Flashman Papers series and the Private McAuslan stories. He worked on newspapers in Britain and Canada. In addition to his novels he also wrote numerous films, most notably The Three Musketeers, The Four Musketeers, and the James Bond film Octopussy. George Macdonald Fraser died in January 2008 at the age of eighty-two.

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The Steel Bonnets: The Story of the Anglo-Scottish Border Reivers 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Arthur_Coombe More than 1 year ago
In his history of the outlaws and border lords of the thirteenth through sixteenth centuries, the author of the Flashman books notes that Richard Nixon and Lyndon Johnson were both descendants of three notable Scottish Border clans: "Lyndon Johnson's is a face and figure that everyone in Dumfriesshire knows; the lined, leathery Northern head and rangy, rather loose-limbed frame belong to one of the commonest Border types.... Richard Nixon is the perfect example. The blunt, heavy features, the dark complexion, the burly body, and the whole air of dour hardness are as typical of the Anglo-Scottish frontier as the Roman Wall. Take thirty years off his age and you could put him straight into the front row of the Hawick scrum and hope to keep out of his way. It is difficult to think of any face that would fit better under a steel bonnet." Reivers also have a role to play in George Garret's historical novel The Succession (Doubleday and Company, 1983, 538 pages).
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Interesting readable history of a part of Scotish/English history.