Strongholds of the Border Reivers

Strongholds of the Border Reivers

Fortifications of the Anglo-Scottish Border 1296–1603

Fortress 70
  • Author: Keith Durham
  • Illustrator: Graham Turner
  • Short code: FOR 70
  • Publication Date: 5 Mar 2008
  • ISBN: 9781846031977
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 64
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In the year 1296, Edward I of England launched a series of vicious raids across the Anglo-Scottish Border in his attempt to annexe Scotland. The Scots retaliated and the two countries were plunged into 300 years of war in which the Borderland became the frontline and raiding, or 'reiving,' encouraged by both sides, became a way of life. Keith Durham examines the Border fortresses, ranging from small, well-defended castles to imposing tower houses, or 'peles,' and a variety of fortified farmhouses known as 'bastles.' He also investigates the many churches that were strengthened against attack and in times of trouble served as sanctuaries for their congregations. Packed with full-colour photographs and detailed cut-away artwork, this is an ideal historical commentary for any tourist visiting the sites that are dotted across the whole of the Border region.

Biographical Note

Keith Durham lives in Northumberland and is the author of Men-at-Arms 279: The Border Reivers and New Vanguard 47: Viking Longship. He is also a skilled and respected sculptor of historical miniatures and has produced master figures for a number of companies including Poste Militaire. Graham Turner is a leading historical artist, specializing in the medieval period. He has illustrated numerous titles for Osprey, covering a wide variety of subjects from the dress of the 10th-century armies of the Caliphates, through the action of bloody medieval battles, to the daily life of the British Redcoat of the late 18th century. The son of the illustrator Michael Turner, Graham lives and works in Buckinghamshire, UK.

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