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Unsullied and Untarnished: The Common Ridings and Festivals of the Scottish Borders Hardcover – 1 Sep 2015

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Brownlie Editions; 1st Edition edition (Sept. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0993374204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0993374203
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 797,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Unsullied And Untarnished' - A photographic portrait of the people of the towns of the Scottish Borders who each year undertake the maintaining of tradition, commemorating their local history and strengthening the bonds of their communities, during the annual Common Riding festivals of the summer months. Braw Lassies and Honest Lads, Left Hand Lassies and Right Hand Men, Cornets, Hunters and Coldstreamers - all titles given to the upstanding youths who lead the festivities, and whose duty it is to carry the burgh or town standard around the common lands, to "bring it back unsullied and untarnished". --- "Some of these ridings and festivals are ancient, stretching back five centuries and more. Others are more modern but, whatever their roots and antiquity, they have something in common. They are annual gatherings of remembrance and celebration; affirmations that though these may be small places there is nothing small about coming from Kelso or Galashiels, Lauder or Langholm." -Excerpt from Alex Massie's essay, in 'Unsullied And Untarnished'.

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This brilliant book by Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert is worth it's weight in gold, whether you are a seasoned pro, a student just starting out or someone who has a deep love of all things Scottish! Watch my vlog attached if you don't believe me...! http://bit.ly/richfotoBOOKS-Episode3-JSH Unsullied and Untarnished: The Common Ridings and Festivals of the Scottish Borders
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A gem of a book. Sutton-Hibbert's erudite and precise eye captures the people and the festivals of the Borders in a gentle but thorough gaze. These small, little-known gatherings speak of a past that is ever-present but whose continuity is vital to their communities. A real contribution to the documentation of contemporary Scotland by one of it's finest photographers.
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This is no glossy coffee table number - the design is simple, unassuming, and the print is quality, which is great, because it lets the photographs, speak for themselves. And they really do. They show us a side of Scotland even many Scots know nothing about - the ancient Borders tradition of riding out with your feifdom to protect its lands against other tribes, roving bands of rievers, and English armies. There's none of that in evidence now - only sensitive, colourful, and sometimes curious portraits of today's Borders riders, and rangy, dynamic landscapes that capture the region's history, a history you'd be forgiven for forgetting among its pretty towns and lush farmland. This is a well crafted treasure.
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This intimate book of wonderful photographs is way more than just a mere documentation of a borders custom it takes us inside the personalities of the people who participate in The Conmmon Ridings and the customs surrounding it. The artful combination of photojournalism and portraiture make this book a standout in its genre. It's sits atop a pile of recently purchased books in my studio and hardly a week goes by that I don't have a quick peruse. Do yourself a favour and buy it while you can.
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This book captures the spirit of the Border festivals. The photographs are excellent. Alex Massie's essay is very well written. I would have liked a little more explanatory text for those who are unfamiliar with the Borders, but overall, the book is most enjoyable.
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