The Steel Bonnets by George MacDonald Fraser

Feb 23rd, 2008 | By | Category: Book Reviews

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

The definitive guide to the lives and times of the Border Reivers.  If you only read one book on the Border Reivers this is the one to go for. Well written and accessible it is the perfect introduction and companion to the History of the region.
This is a traditional solid history book from the man who brought us Octopusssy and more importantly Red Sonja. All aspects of border life are covered and discussed from domestic life to the role of people and politics. This book may not be as easy to read as his Historic novels set in the Borders but it will give life and depth and act as a companion to his novels.

This book is highly entertaining. George MacDonald Fraser successfully relates the life and times of the Border Reivers in a way which had me laughing one minute and horrified the next. One could make a comparison between the Borders of Scotland and England and the American Wild West or indeed the Sicilian Mafia. Reading this book has really opened my eyes to a phenomenon of the past which is still present at many frontiers all around the world.

The author vividly describes these very violent times in a way which leaves the reader wanting more. Before or after reading the book you are strongly advised to visit the Borders and savour the atmosphere . I suggest you chose a time when the weather is not too kind and the book will ‘come to life’. I think that a TV Company could make a riveting documentary based on The Steel Bonnets.

This book is highly entertaining. George MacDonald Fraser successfully relates the life and times of the Border Reivers in a way which had me laughing one minute and horrified the next. One could make a comparison between the Borders of Scotland and England and the American Wild West or indeed the Sicilian Mafia. Reading this book has really opened my eyes to a phenomenon of the past which is still present at many frontiers all around the world.

This is the definative guide to the history and times of the border reivers. Click to purchase from Amazon The Steel Bonnets: Story of the Anglo-Scottish Border Reivers

About 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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