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.
One of Faulkner's comic masterpieces, The Reivers is a picaresque that tells of three unlikely car thieves from rural Mississippi. Eleven-year-old Lucius Priest is persuaded by Boon Hogganbeck, one of his family's retainers, to steal his grandfather's car and make a trip to Memphis. The Priests' black coachman, Ned McCaslin, stows away, and the three of them are off on a heroic odyssey, for which they are all ill-equipped, that ends at Miss Reba's bordello in Memphis. From there a series of wild misadventures ensues--involving horse smuggling, trainmen, sheriffs' deputies, and jail.
The cruellest master is named REVENGE. Nat Bell is a farmer, a family man and an uncompromising hunter. When he is wronged irrevocably by the new revolutionary government, he is consumed by a need for vengeance. Bell's ambitious and intelligent savagery will intertwine his destiny with that of the country's new leader. A man who is in the midst of his own battle to protect the ideology that brought his party to power. As civil war ignites in the border counties of England and an independent Scotland wades into the fight, can Nat resist the devil that is hatred and protect his daughter from the futility of war...
Only one period in history is immediately, indelibly and uniquely linked to the whole area of the Scottish and English Border country, and that is the time of the Reivers. Whenever anyone mentions 'Reiver', no-one hesitates to add 'Border'. It is an inextricable association, and rightly so.
This short story (8,500 words or 25-30 pages, depending on your ereader) was originally published in the Mammoth Book of Scottish Romance. Excerpts from The Lesson Plan and Hot Under the Collar, also by Jackie Barbosa, are included at the end. Note: It is the author's intention to offer this book for free. If it is not currently free on Amazon, you can download a copy in mobi (Kindle) format at no charge from Smashwords or All Romance eBooks. COVER COPY Duncan Maxwell, laird of Lochmorton Castle, gets the shock of his life when he discovers the reiver captured in a raid on his lands is not a boy, but a young woman. Although she flatly refuses to tell him her name or how she came to be riding with a raiding party, Duncan cannot countenance imprisoning a woman in his dungeon but neither can he release her without compensation. Unable to ransom her back to her family, he treats her as an honored—though exceptionally well-supervised—guest. He takes to calling her Reva and determines to seduce the truth of her identity from her. There’s just one problem—the reiver may steal his heart before he can reveal her secrets.
From the 13th century until early in the 17th century, the Border Marches of England and Scotland were torn by a vicious and almost continuous cycle of raid, reprisal and blood feud. The Border Reiver was a professional cattle thief, a guerilla soldier skilled at raiding, tracking and ambush, and a well organized "gangster." Including eight superb full page color plates by Angus McBride, as well as numerous other illustrations, this text by Keith Durham explores the colorful history of these remarkable people.
Annella MacAdam loved a lie and didn’t know it. Mitchell Fallon was the lie … and knew it. When their world imploded, he walked away leaving her shattered and alone. Three years later, Annella is confronted with the man who broke her heart and destroyed her world. Against her will, and for the sake of her small sons and the safety of her family, she must allow him back into her life and worse, into her home but Annella swears to keep him at arm’s length … and never trust him again. SARCIS Detective Senior Sergeant, Mitchell Fallon, is forced to face the consequences of his betrayal and abandonment of Annella MacAdam when he is directed to work on her property to locate stolen livestock and bust a gang of reivers. When Annella’s father is released from prison, the crime wave intensifies. A steer, slaughtered by Midnight Butchers, a spy drone targeting Annella, ice and a restless ghost become features of Mitchell’s investigation. Conflicted by a resurgence of harrowing memories and emotions, Annella and Mitchell form an uneasy alliance as they deal with a small community wracked by drought, debt and drugs.
In a time of strife, Analise Howard becomes an offering of peace when she is forced to marry Scottish leader Ronan Armstrong and desperately tries to flee their marriage, but she soon realizes that her feelings for him are stronger than she had ever imagined. Original.
Annella MacAdam loved a lie and didn’t know it. Mitchell Fallon was the lie … and knew it. When their world imploded, he walked away leaving her shattered and alone. Three years later, Annella is confronted with the man who broke her heart and destroyed her world. Against her will, and for the sake of her small sons and the safety of her family, she must allow him back into her life and worse, into her home but Annella swears to keep him at arm’s length … and never trust him again. SARCIS Detective Senior Sergeant, Mitchell Fallon, is forced to face the consequences of his betrayal and abandonment of Annella MacAdam when he is directed to work on her property to locate stolen livestock and bust a gang of reivers. When Annella’s father is released from prison, the crime wave intensifies. A steer, slaughtered by Midnight Butchers, a spy drone targeting Annella, ice and a restless ghost become features of Mitchell’s investigation. Conflicted by a resurgence of harrowing memories and emotions, Annella and Mitchell form an uneasy alliance as they deal with a small community wracked by drought, debt and drugs.
Best-selling author Graham Robb finds that the 2,000-year-old map of Ptolemy unlocks a central mystery of British history. Two years ago, Graham Robb moved to a lonely house on the very edge of England, near the banks of a river that once marked the southern boundary of the legendary Debatable Land. The oldest detectable territorial division in Great Britain, the Debatable Land served as a buffer between Scotland and England. It was once the bloodiest region in the country, fought over by Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, and James V. After most of its population was slaughtered or deported, it became the last part of Great Britain to be brought under the control of the state. Today, it has vanished from the map and its boundaries are matters of myth and generational memories. Under the spell of a powerful curiosity, Robb began a journey—on foot, by bicycle, and into the past—that would uncover lost towns and roads, and unlock more than one discovery of major historical significance. These personal and scholarly adventures reveal a tale that spans Roman, Medieval, and present-day Britain. Rich in detail and epic in scope, The Debatable Land takes us from a time when neither England nor Scotland existed to the present day, when contemporary nationalism and political turmoil threaten to unsettle the cross-border community once more. With his customary charm, wit, and literary grace, Graham Robb proves the Debatable Land to be a crucial, missing piece in the puzzle of British history.
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 of horse, and their surprisingly sudden fall from grace.

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