The Borders by Alistair Moffat

Sep 22nd, 2010 | By | Category: Book Reviews

This is the story of the border: a place of beginnings and endings, of differences and similarities. It is the story of England and Scotland, told not from the remoteness of London or Edinburgh or in the tired terms of national histories, but up close and personal, toe to toe and eyeball to eyeball across […]



The Candlemass Road by George MacDonald Fraser

Sep 22nd, 2010 | By | Category: Book Reviews

George MacDonald Fraser uses his knowledge of the Border Reivers to crete a number of enthralling novels set against the backdrop of the turbulent borders. To the young Lady Margaret Dacre, raised in the rich security of Queen Elizabeth’s court, the Scottish border was a land of blood and brutal violence, where raid and murder […]



Border Fury: England and Scotland at War 1296-1568

Sep 22nd, 2010 | By | Category: Book Reviews

This books gives a useful insight in the wars that were crossing the borders that the Reiver families lived in. For three hundred years England and Scotland fought a bitter series of wars for territorial enlargement. Border Fury provides a fascinating account of the period of Anglo-Scottish Border conflict from the Edwardian invasions of 1296 […]



Exploring Border Reivers History by Philip Nixon

Sep 22nd, 2010 | By | Category: Book Reviews

The Border Country has always been a wild area, both in landscape and in history. It has seen many years of war and turmoil, but is an area of great beauty and has the capacity to imprint its unique charisma on every visitor. It is a fascinating and romantic area and yet the stories of […]



Fortress 70: Strongholds of the Border Reivers: Fortifications of the Anglo-Scottish Border 1296-1603 by Keith Durham

Aug 24th, 2009 | By | Category: Book Reviews

In the year 1296, Edward I of England launched a series of vicious raids across the Anglo-Scottish Border in his attempt to annexe Scotland. The Scots retaliated and the two countries were plunged into 300 years of war in which the Borderland became the frontline and raiding, or ‘reiving,’ encouraged by both sides, became a […]



The Reivers: The Story of the Border Reivers by Alistair Moffat

Apr 8th, 2008 | By | Category: Book Reviews

Synopsis Only 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 […]



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 […]