From the 13th century to the middle of the 16th, outlaws and “border lords” reigned supreme on the contentious frontier between England and Scotland. Feud and terror, raid and reprisal, were the ordinary stuff of life, and power was held by the notorious border reivers: raiders and freebooters, plunderers and rustlers who robbed, murdered, and wreaked havoc. George MacDonald Fraser, author of the bestselling Flashman novels, takes us back through three centuries of conflict, showing how the frontier society was born and grew; how the region fitted into the diplomacy of the bordering nations; and how, with surprising suddenness, the world of the reivers disappeared. Fraser has crafted a fascinating work of serious history and scholarship that’s as irresistibly compelling as any novel.
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"A remarkably successful book on a fascinating subject, well organized and well written."-- Time's Literary SupplementAbout the Author:
The author of the famous 'Flashman Papers' and the 'Private McAuslan' stories, George MacDonald Fraser has worked on newspapers in Britain and Canada. In addition to his novels he has also written numeous 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 82.
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Book Description The Harvill Press, 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. A few small marks to page edges Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Bookseller Inventory # mon0005405417
Book Description Alfred A Knopf. Borzoi, New York, 1972. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: very good. First American edition.. First published in the UK by Barrie & Jenkins 1971. Stated First American Edition. 8vo, xii + 397 pp, + index, two appendices, bibliography, glossary, index, front end-paper map: The Riding Surnames in the Sixteenth Century; rear epm: The Border Marches of England & Scotland in the Sixteenth Century. Tinted upper-edge. There are two small stains at the lower page edge. Original brown cloth boards, gilt decoration on the front board and gilt spine titles, in lightly rubbed dust-wrapper (which has not been price-clipped) with a creased front flap. The true story of how the reivers 'organised and ran their raids in the Borders, how they operated their system of blackmail, extortion and terrorism, and how the Wardens of the Marches, working under the unique Border code, fought the great lawless community which at its height dominated the six counties on either side of the Border line'. xii, 395, xiv. Bookseller Inventory # 9208
Book Description COLLINS HARVILL, London, 1986. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Reprint of 1971 Edition. cloth, 404 pages, illustrated, frontis, 18 full page b & w plates,map endpapers, one full page plate. five line ink inscription of former owner on half-title, else a clean, bright copy, In protective mylar jacket. Four hundred years ago, when Queen Elizabeth reigned in a comparatively peaceful England, the people of the English-Scottish frontier country were living in the grip of systematic raiding, feud, and oranized gangsterism. This was the work of the Border reivers - the rustlers and marauders who raided night after night in the hills and farmlands From Berwick to the Solway. Much info for geneologists on numerous familes i.e.; Humes, Kerrs, Fenwicks,Johnstones,Maxwells, Armstrongs Elliots, Grahams, Scotts, Carletons, Bells, Carlisles, Littles, Rutherfords, Nixons, Ridleys and many more. The author is the well known fiction writer, and creator of "Flashman" Size: 8 vo,. Bookseller Inventory # 1125083
Book Description Collins Harvill, 1986. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Reprint. Black boards and spine, the latter lettered in gilt. Unclipped, undamaged jacket, enclosed in removable sleeve, shows map lettered in red and black. Internally clean, tight and unmarked. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 001847
Book Description The Harvill Press, 1986. Book Condition: Used. This Book is in Good Condition. Clean Copy With Light Amount of Wear. 100% Guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_usedgood_0002172615
Book Description Collins Harvill Press, London, 1986. Black boards, Gilt Type. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Black and White Illustrations, Maps (illustrator). Reprint. Tight dust jacket not price clipped, some discoloration, and few small tears, darkened edges on page flaps.404 pages. Map endpapers in red and black. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾". Hard Cover. Bookseller Inventory # 006719
Book Description 1986 HarperCollins, 1986. Hardcover. 1986 reprint, Harper Collins, 8vo., 404pp., plates, maps, very good, dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # ARB-16969
Book Description Collins Harvill, London UK, 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good +. Reprint. 404 pages. Dustjacket has light water staining to front, light wear to spine-ends and corners. Very clean black hardback binding. Very clean pages. Size: 9 1/2" Tall. Bookseller Inventory # 011837
Book Description Collins Harvill, London, 1986. Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Reprint. xi;404pp including index. With 29 black and white illustrations and 2 maps including the decorated endpapers. Black cloth with gilt lettering on spine. Dustwrapper, now in protective sleeve, is price clipped with light wear. Previous owner`s details in ink under dedication. Size: Octavo. Bookseller Inventory # 36167
Book Description Collins Harvill, UK, 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Fine. 1st Edition. A very fine first printing in a likewise unclipped dustwrapper. Originally published 1971. This superb copy is in the very finest collectable condition. Considered an authorative classic. Bookseller Inventory # 000949