The Story of the Border Reivers
By (author) Alistair Moffat
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Reivers by Alistair Moffat
Book DescriptionOnly one period in history is immediately, indelibly and uniquely linked to the whole area of the Scottish and English Border country, and that is the time of the Reivers. Whenever anyone mentions 'Reiver', no-one hesitates to add 'Border'. It is an inextricable association, and rightly so. Nowhere else in Britain in the modern era, or indeed in Europe, did civil order break down over such a wide area, or for such a long time. For more than a century the hoof-beats of countless raiding parties drummed over the border. From Dumfriesshire to the high wastes of East Cumbria, from Roxburghshire to Redesdale, from the lonely valley of Liddesdale to the fortress city of Carlisle, swords and spears spoke while the law remained silent. Fierce family loyalty counted for everything while the rules of nationality counted for nothing.The whole range of the Cheviot Hills, its watershed ridges and the river valleys which flowed out of them became the landscape of larceny while Maxwells, Grahams, Fenwicks, Carletons, Armstrongs and Elliots rode hard and often for plunder. These were the Riding Times and in modern European history, they have no parallel. This book tells the remarkable story of the Reivers and how they made the Borders.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781841586748
(198mm x 129mm x 28mm)
Imprint: Birlinn Ltd
Publisher: Birlinn General
Publish Date: 28-Feb-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Alistair Moffat
Bannockburn, Paperback (June 2016)
Bannockburn: The Battle for a Nation
Scotland, Hardback (October 2015)
From the Ice Age to the recent Scottish Referendum, historian and author Alistair Moffat explores the history of the Scottish nation.
Scotland's Last Frontier, Paperback (August 2015)
A fresh view of Scotland, using the boundary that divides the country both geologically and culturally as the basis for a fascinating and unique debate between two of the country's pre-eminent broadcasters
Hawick, Paperback (March 2014)» View all books by Alistair Moffat
Beneath the familiar streets and closes lies an immense story - the remarkable and unique story of Hawick. Full of anecdote and history which will appeal to all locals and those who can trace their ancestry back to one of the Borders' most vibrant communities.
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Author Biography - Alistair Moffat
Alistair Moffat was born and raised in Kelso. He took degrees at the universities of St Andrews, Edinburgh and London and played rugby for Kelso and his universities. In 1976 he took charge of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as it grew into the largest arts festival in the world. He now lives in Selkirk.
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