A remarkably successful book on a fascinating subject, well organized and well written Time s Literary SupplementFrom 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 lifeand 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 clanslike Elliot, Armstrong, Charlton, and Robsonromanticized 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.Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home....
|Title||:||The Steel Bonnets: The Story of the Anglo-Scottish Border Reivers|
|Publisher||:||Skyhorse Publishing Reprint edition May 19, 2015|
|Number of Pages||:||432 pages|
|File Size||:||872 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Steel Bonnets: The Story of the Anglo-Scottish Border Reivers Reviews
If I were a student researching the history of Scotland, and especially Scottish/English relations, I would read this book. A wealth of information and an enjoyable read. Fraser was a great writer and a meticulous researcher.
I was guided to this book and author by a longtime friend who knew my interest in history and our common roots.
Enjoy those Wild West movies? The ones with the shoot-outs, the cattle raids, the feuds between two rival ranchers? How about the Hatfields and McCoys? That All-American tradition didn't grow out of the soil of North America. It was imported from the border of Scotland and England. Basically the ancient kingdoms of Strathclyde and Northumbria, and after King James' Plantations in Ireland, Ulster.
I'm biased as I read this because it was recommended to me by someone who also has ancestors who lived in the border regions this book is about.
When Scott says they abhorred and avoided the crime of unnecessary homicide, one can only comment that they seem to have found homicide necessary with appalling frequency.-The Steel Bonnets by George Macdonald Fraser