Wednesday, 18 May 2011

FACTUAL REVIEW: Border Reiver 1513-1503 - Keith Durham, Ill G and S Embleton

Release Date: 20/03/11


Stretching from the North Sea to the Solway Firth, the Border region has a sharply diverse landscape and was a battleground for over 300 years as the English and Scottish monarchs encouraged their subjects to conduct raids across their respective borders. This Warrior title will detail how this narrow strip of land influenced the Borderer’s way of life in times of war. Covering every aspect of militant life, from the choice of weapons and armour to the building of fortified houses, this book gives the readers a chance to understand what it must have been like to live life in a late-medieval war zone.


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.

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