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The Steel Bonnets The Story of the Anglo-Scottish Border Reivers (original 1971; edition 1974)
The Steel Bonnets: The Story of the Anglo-Scottish Border Reivers by George MacDonald Fraser (1971)
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0002727463, Paperback)"If Jesus Christ were amongst them, they would deceive him," it was said of the plunders, raiders, and outlaws who terrorized the Anglo-Scottish Border for over 300 years. Theirs is an almost forgotten chapter of British history, preserved largely in folktales and ballads. It is the story of the notorious raiding families--Armstrongs, Elliots, Grahams, Johnstones, Maxwells, Scotts, Kerrs, Nixons, and others--of the outlaw bands and broken men, and the fierce battles of English and Scottish armies across the Marches. The Steel Bonnets tells their true story in its historical context-- how the reivers ran their raids and operated their system of blackmail and terrorism, and how the March Wardens, enforcing the unique Border law, fought the great lawless community. A superb work of scholarship and a spellbinding narrative. George MacDonald Fraser is the celebrated author of the Flashman novels, The Candlemass Road, The Pyrates, and the Private McAuslan stories.
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"Rogues, criminals, family honor. From the thirteenth to the sixteenth centuries, outlaws reigned supreme on the contentious frontier between England and Scotland. Feud and terror, raid and reprisal were the ordinary stuff of life--and a way of survival. Power was held by the notorious border reivers (the steel bonnets, named for their flashy helmets), who robbed and murdered in the name of family: the famous clans (or grains )--like Elliot, Armstrong, Charlton, and Robson--romanticized by Sir Walter Scott. In The Steel Bonnets, George MacDonald Fraser, author of the bestselling Flashman novels and himself a borderer, tells the fascinating and bloody story of the reivers, their rise to power as ferocious soldiers on horseback, and their surprisingly sudden fall from grace." -- Provided by publisher.
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2 editions of this book were published by Skyhorse Publishing.
Editions: 160239265X, 1632204568
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