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

Fraser, George Mac Donald

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ISBN 10: 0214653080 / ISBN 13: 9780214653087
Published by Barrie & Jenkins, London, 1971
Condition: Good+ Hardcover
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Pp.: 404. Gilt titles; sp. Frontis. Illus.t w/ b/w photos, e.p. maps and map folded-in. Dj torn and chipped. Interior leaves are clean and tight. The story of the Border reivers, outlaws, rustlers and gangsters who terrorized the Anglo-Scottish frontier of four hundred years ago, in the reign of good Queen Bess. Includes appendices, bibliography, glossary & index. A classic account of the riding clans on both sides of the Scottish borders. Bookseller Inventory # 002614

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Title: The Steel Bonnets: The Story of the ...

Publisher: Barrie & Jenkins, London

Publication Date: 1971

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good+

Dust Jacket Condition: Fair (mylar)

Edition: 1st Edition

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"A remarkably successful book on a fascinating subject, well organized and well written." Time's Literary Supplement

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), clan-loyal raiders, freebooters, plunderers, and rustlers who robbed and murdered in the name of family: the famous clans like Elliot, Armstrong, Charlton, and Robson romanticized by Sir Walter Scott. They were the last opponents to the Acts of Union of 1707, and fought fiercely and fancifully to the end.

In The Steel Bonnets, George MacDonald Fraser, author of the bestselling Flashman novels and himself a borderer, takes us back through three centuries of conflict, telling the fascinating and bloody story of the reivers. He relates their rise to power as ferocious soldiers on horseback, their important roles in the battles at Flodden and Solway Moss, and their surprisingly sudden fall from grace. The Steel Bonnets is a superb work of serious history and scholarship that is 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 Supplement

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