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5.0 out of 5 stars 'A savage and turbulent history', 26 Feb. 2013
This review is from: The Border Reivers (Men-at-Arms) (Paperback)
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
.Bibliography
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. This a crowded batle scene, with 7 major foot and 4 mounted figures in the fore- and middle-ground, with more in the hazy background - 1, Sir Edmund Howard; 2,3, Highland Scots; 4,5, Lowland Scots; 6, The Bastard Heron.
C: Solway Moss, 1542: This is another battle scene with two English horsemen attacking a group of five Scots who are manhandling a cannon up a riverbank, with more figures and guns in the background on the far bank - 1, 3, Mounted 'prickers; 2, Lowland Scots.
D: 'The Hot Trod, 1590s: This shows three mounted figures, with dogs, riding out in a pursuit, with buildings and more figures in the background - 1, March Warden; 2, Trooper; 3, Border rider.
E: 'A Day of truce', 1590s: This is a crowd scene at a fair, with a dozen figures, and a dog, holding court - 1, English March Warden; 2, Scottish March Warden; 3, 'Clark'; 4, Border 'Heidman'.
F: Ireland, 1576: This just shows three figures in a minimal landscape (though with very detailed grass) - 1, Border horseman; 2, Galloglass; 3, Kern.
G: The Rescue of Kimon Willie, 1596: This a misty, rainy night, with four armed, armoured and cloaked figures carrying away a prisoner, with more shadowy figures in the background - 1, Buccleuch; 2, Kimon Willie; 3, Red Rowan; 4,5, Border Reivers.
H: Moss Troopers, 1603: Two mounted and one foot figure in a landscape - 1,2, Mounted moss troopers; 3, Dismounted moss trooper.

There are many excellent monochrome maps, illustrations & photographs supporting the text

Further Reading
The Anglo-Scots Wars, 1513-1550: A Military History (Warfare in History)
Border Reiver 1513-1603 (Warrior)
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