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Exploring Border Reivers History Hardcover – Oct 2007


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Breedon Books Publishing Co Ltd (Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185983583X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859835838
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 28.5 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 445,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 its bloody history can still chill the soul. About 400 years ago, it was a desperate and dangerous place - this was the long-disputed Border Region separating the continually warring kingdoms of England and Scotland - a land of few law-abiding people and a land where no man dare venture unarmed. This was a place where life was lived under the constant threat of violence, an unsettling, windswept land where every home was a fortress and almost every family at feud - this was a time of constant raid and reprisal when killing, burning, looting, theft, robbery and blackmail were an accepted way of life for the great Border Families such as the Armstrongs, the Nixons, the Milburns, the Kerrs, the Dodds, the Robsons, the Grahams and the Elliots...They are remembered today as the Border Reivers!

Tough and rugged, these hard men were merciless racketeers and plunderers who held little sacred except their pledged word. If you have a reiver name, or suspect your ancestors were just a load of villains up to no good, then this well researched and lavishly illustrated new book could just confirm your worst fears!


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I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it covered so much important local (To me) history that we were never taught at school.

Set out in an alphabetical theme rather than chronological, it helps to jog your memory by jumping back and forth between centuries.

A recommended read for all who are interested in this chaotic period.
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An excellent well researched book, with lots of photographs showing the buildings and sites of interest. I was engrossed in it for ages, looking at places that were unfamiliar to me, as well as finding out more about those that are familiar.
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By Mrs. M. Finn on 1 Jan. 2012
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This is an excellent book, full of local history. The accompanying photos are brilliant and are as an essential part of the book as the text.
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By Jack Banks on 3 Mar. 2015
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Very intresting. History, about which, I was not taught at school.
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