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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I've read on Border history
There's more information in each chapter than you'd find in most books.
The author has taken the hard option by giving a thorough treatment that includes poorly documeted periods of British history, such as pre-Roman times and the "Dark" ages. I learned all sorts about pre-historic Britain and Celtic kingdoms.
The focus is on the lives of ordinary people in the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some curious omissions for a history steeped in so much detail...
While I generally enjoyed this book, I agree with another reviewer who described Mr. Moffat's style as pedantic. The book is often hardgoing, as the author descends into detailed recounting of border history events & areas which apparently interest him most. Although I am no historian, I also agree some of the book is conjecture & feel that objectivity suffers in...
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I've read on Border history, 3 Dec 2003
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There's more information in each chapter than you'd find in most books.
The author has taken the hard option by giving a thorough treatment that includes poorly documeted periods of British history, such as pre-Roman times and the "Dark" ages. I learned all sorts about pre-historic Britain and Celtic kingdoms.
The focus is on the lives of ordinary people in the borders, but the book is so complete that it gives you a good overview of political events in Scotland & England that affected the Borders. The final chapter, which describes 20th Century border history largely through quotes from those who lived through it, could be considered a classic source by itself.
The info is very well organised so although it comes thick and fast it is never confusing.
The only question left unanswered is where the author found the time to put it together!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating tales, 3 Mar 2014
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This review is from: The Borders: A History of the Borders from Ealiest Times (Kindle Edition)
Alistair Moffat is a consummate raconteur who educates as he enthralls. The style of this book is interesting as he puts the occasional topic into a box on the page so that you don't have to digress from the main subject but can leap back to it. I heartily recommend this book. I only wish it went on for longer!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some curious omissions for a history steeped in so much detail..., 16 Nov 2013
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While I generally enjoyed this book, I agree with another reviewer who described Mr. Moffat's style as pedantic. The book is often hardgoing, as the author descends into detailed recounting of border history events & areas which apparently interest him most. Although I am no historian, I also agree some of the book is conjecture & feel that objectivity suffers in instances. Despite the great detail in some areas, I find some curious ommissions, e.g. Mr. Moffat attributes the term "Ulster Scots" exclusively to border reivers who migrated to Ireland, ignoring earlier & later Scots movements to Ireland. The Ulster Plantation is not referenced. He gives short shrift to the history of the Covenanters and the killing time, the period when my Ayrshire Scots ancestors migrated to Ireland. Mr. Moffat has found himself at the center of controversy for other erroneous public statements in relation to his company BritainDNA.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hard going, 24 Feb 2013
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Very pedantic style of writing- too much heavy detail and could have said just the same in a lot fewer pages. A lot of this is conjecture rather than hard historical fact. Avoid if you're looking for an easy read and accuracy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SCOTTISH BORDERS HISTORY, 1 Mar 2009
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Very comprehensive written in an engrossing style. Excellent for Borders history and almost certainly the best to date.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Borders by Alistair Moffat, 18 July 2011
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An indispensable book on the history of an important area of Scotland's (and Britain's) history.

It is a white-knuckle ride through the turbulant history of the formation of a much fought over and disputed area.

It also reminds me why I love the area so much!

The Borders
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good price, exellent delivery, 8 Feb 2009
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What more can I say i.e. good price excellent delivery, would use this supplier again.
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