The Steel Bonnets by George MacDonald Fraser
The Story of the Anglo-Scottish Border Reivers

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From the 13th century to the middle of the 16th, outlaws and “border lords” reigned supreme on the contentious frontier between England and Scotland. Feud and terror, raid and reprisal, were the ordinary stuff of life, and power was held by the notorious border reivers: raiders and freebooters, plunderers and rustlers who robbed, murdered, and wreaked havoc. George MacDonald Fraser, author of the bestselling Flashman novels, takes us back through three centuries of conflict, showing how the frontier society was born and grew; how the region fitted into the diplomacy of the bordering nations; and how, with surprising suddenness, the world of the reivers disappeared. Fraser has crafted a fascinating work of serious history and scholarship that’s as irresistibly compelling as any novel.

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George MacDonald Fraser was born in England and educated in Scotland. He served in a Highland regiment in India, Africa, and the Middle East. In addition to his books, he has written screenplays, including The Three Musketeers, The Four Musketeers, and the James Bond film Octopussy. He died in 2008.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Published July 17, 2008 by Skyhorse Publishing. 436 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Political & Social Sciences, War, Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction

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The creator of the rowdy Flashman sagas takes a respectable if not altogether sober turn at scholarship involving the ways of the Scots — English Border reivers (raiders) of the 16th century.

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