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

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

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    George MacDonald Fraser(Author)
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.

"A remarkably successful book on a fascinating subject, well organized and well written." Time's Literary Supplement""A remarkably successful book on a fascinating subject, well organized and well written." --Time's Literary Supplement --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • By Mrs. J. F. Hall on 10 May 2017

    Very interesting book . Essential read for anyone researching into their ancestors. From the riever period. Also for those visiting Northumberland who are interested in that period of history

  • By Louis on 26 July 2017

    This is at a good price, and it is the best account of the events and characters that I have come across.

  • By Helena Bishop on 16 January 2016

    Gave as a present they enjoyed the read

  • By A. E. Johnson on 12 March 2014

    I have downloaded the Kindle edition. Also no illustrations. Big problem, no map. I also note author refers to chapter XVIII. There is no chapter with this number. Haven't read any further than page 34 so can't review I the total book.

  • By DRH on 26 April 2017

    Did not like and did not finish the book

  • By Lindsey Clare Gee-Turner on 27 February 2015

    Background & history of the Border Reivers - all you need to know. I read it, a while ago now because I only came to live in Scotland in 1993 & didn't know anything about the Borders.

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