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The Border Reivers (Men-at-Arms) [Paperback]

Keith Durham , Angus McBride
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13 Mar 1995 Men-at-Arms (Book 279)
This is an account of the uniforms, insignia, weaponry, campaigns and military practices of the border reivers, the guerrilla soldiers who ran wild in the Marches of England and Scotland between the 13th and 17th centuries, and who for a while produced the best cavalry of their time, playing a decisive role in such battles as Flodden and Solway Moss.

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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (13 Mar 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855324172
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855324176
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 18.1 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 194,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Keith Durham lives in Northumberland and is the author of the Osprey titles The Border Reivers (Men-at-Arms 279), Strongholds of the Border Reivers (Fortress 70), Border Reiver 1513-1603 (Warrior 154), Viking Longship (New Vanguard 47) and The Vikings: Voyagers of Discovery and Plunder. For Northern Heritage, he has written Pride of the Tyne and Discovering the North Pennines and for Montlight Publishing, Reivers - Anglo-Scottish Border Raiders from their origins to the end of the 16th century. He is also a skilled and respected sculptor of historical miniatures and has produced master figures for a number of companies including Border Miniatures and Poste Militaire.

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Keith Durham is from the Borders himself and has written a number of books and articles on the subject of the Reivers. He is also a skilled and respected figure sculptor who has produced models for a number of companies including Border Miniatures.

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"The line of the Anglo-Scottish Border roughly follows the trend of the Cheviot Hills, that is north-east to south-west." Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'A savage and turbulent history' 26 Feb 2013
By No More Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER
From the Author's Introduction:
"...this narrow stretch of land was a medieval frontier of great military importance and has a savage and turbulent history. For, as the buffer zone between two of history's most fractious neighbours, this land became their battleground and the effect of their constant warring was to leave an indelible mark on the Border folk, creating a society that, by the beginning of the 16th century, had become a dangerous thorn in the side of both nations.'

This is an excellently-illustrated introduction to the world of the Anglo-Scottish borderland, which, in theory, came to an end with the accession of James Stuart of Scotland to the English throne.

The Contents are -
P03: Introduction: The Border
.'A peverse and crooked people'; The Border Marches; Wardens and Keepers; 'Armed in plain hostility'
P13: 'Arrayed in Most Warlike Manner'
.'Steill bonnets'; 'With fyre and sworde'; 'Outragious forradging'; 'Hot Trod, hue and cry'
P21: 'Strenghes' and 'Bastells'
.The 'bastell house'
P24: 'Spears, Northern on Horseback'
.Flodden Field; Solway Moss
P38: 'To Chastise those Borders': 1603
.'Jeddart Justice'
P41: The End of the Reiver
P43: Plate Commentary
P48: Index
P49: Glossary; Visiting Reiver Country

The Colour Plates, Pages 25-32 -
A: 'Running a Foray', 1585. This shows a fairly static scene of three mounted and one foot figure, with cattle being driven of in the background - 1, Border 'heidman'; 2, Border Reiver; 3, Border Heidman's son; 4, 'Foot lowne'
B: Flodden Field, 1513.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Get a grip, Osprey! 11 Oct 2013
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This, as the other reviewers have said, is a great book, but in my copy the late Angus McBride's wonderful illustrations have been very badly reproduced, hence the three stars. The colours are off, and they are all 'bleached out'. Given the importance of the illustrations in an Osprey 'Men at Arms' title, this is a pretty serious flaw. Maybe one to get from a bookshop (my copy is a 2008 printing).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction 9 Mar 2010
If you know what an Osprey Military book is, you know what to expect. There's little to add to the above review, except to add an additional star. Nice colour plates, concise and well written, highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well illustrated and written..... 26 Jun 2002
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I convene a Scottish Clan Tent at various Highland Games, and this is always prominantly displayed on my table.
It gives a quick, but thorough history on the Scottish Border Reivers for those of use who don't have time to read the Steel Bonnets. The illustrations alone are worth the price of the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent source for all things dealing with The Border Reivers 31 July 2012
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Splendid Osprey product, as usual. Outstanding line drawings, photos of weapons of their profession and lots of historical details not found elsewhere. Another winner from Osprey.
Five Claymores for this little gem.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I was looking for. 29 Aug 2013
By kasey - Published on
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I got this book in order to use a reference for character development and I get everything I needed. It starts with the beginning of the Reivers and how they evolved out of the lawless regions along the England Scotland border. It goes into their loyalties, local reaction to them, their tactics, and famous names. Accompanied by maps and pictures it was just fantastic and was an enjoyable read as well.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Border Reivers 19 May 2014
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"The Border Reivers" is an excellent summary that quickly acquaints readers with the story of the Anglo-Saxon borderlands. It is a quick read and accompanied by outstanding illustrations.
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