5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This is an excellent and well-illustrated introduction to the subject, with superb colour plates.
The Contents are -
P09: Life on the Border Marches
P14: Crime and Retribution
.'The Great Theeves'; `Men of Esteem' - The March Wardens
P28: Appearance and Equipment
P30: On Campaign
P43: Belief and Belonging
P50: Experience of Battle
P58: After the Battle
P60: The Legacy of the Border Riever
P63: Further Reading
The Colour Plates -
P10: ½ page map - The Border Marches
P15: Colour Plate - Blackmail, 1596
This shows two mounted figures receiving the blackmail from a farmer and his family, in the background is a `bastle' house and various figures and sheep.
P19: Colour Plate - The capture of Geordie Burn, 1596.
This shows in the foreground an infantryman firing his musket; in font of him are two fighting horsemen, with another two almost obscured by the musket smoke.
P27: Colour Plate - The Earl of Bothwell and Little Jock Elliot, 1566
Bothwell stands over Jock, who has fallen from his horse having apparently been shot by the Earl, who is holding a large pistol.
P31: Colour Plate - The Border Reiver, 16th Century.
The bottom corner shows a `fully equipped reiver, ready for a foray", with a dozen pieces of equipment displayed on the rest of the page.
P35: Colour Plate - Border Horse in Ireland, 1595
This shows two reivers preparing to loot the body of a Gallowglass
P47: Colour Plate - The Great Hall, 1590s
This shows a crowd scene in a Scottish border tower's hall.
P53: Colour Plate - The Battle of Flodden Field.
This shows a crowd scene in th Scottish camp as some English borderers begin looting it after the battle.
P61: Colour Plate - The Gibbet, 1648
This shows two Moss Troopers surveying one of their compatriots hanging in chains.
There are many supporting illustrations some contemporary, some modern photographs of surviving buildings, and of re-enactors dressed as borderers, and their equipment.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
As a fan of the Border Reivers ever since I was introduced to them in Tully House (Carlisle) it's always fascinating to get an historians point of view alongside the documentary evidence to back up their point of view. That's what this series by Osprey does extremely well as they present the facts in not only an interesting manner but an easy to follow as well as comprehend example of great text.
Back that up with some wonderful illustrations along with photos and this book is a title that will more than help bring this period of Border History to life for School Children or for curious adults alike. All in a wonderful addition to the series and a book that will be not only read through but enjoyed time or again.