The Borders

A History of the Borders from Earliest Times

Alistair Moffat

A story of the border: a place of beginnings and endings, of differences and similarities. This is also the story of an ancient place; where hunter-gatherers penetrated into the virgin interior, where Celtic warlords ruled, the Romans came but could not conquer, and where the glittering kingdom of Northumbria thrived.
Date Published :
July 2018
Publisher :
Birlinn
Illustration :
8pp color plates
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781780275543
Pages : 608
Dimensions : 7.7 X 5.1 inches
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$21.95

Overview
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This is the story of the border: a place of beginnings and endings, of differences and similarities. It is the story of England and Scotland, told not from the remoteness of London or Edinburgh or in the tired terms of national histories, but up close and personal, toe to toe and eyeball to eyeball across the tweed, the Cheviots, the Esk and the tidal races of the upper Solway. This is a tale told in blood, fun and granite-hard memory. This is the story of an ancient place; where hunter-gatherers penetrated into the virgin interior, where Celtic warlords ruled, the Romans came but could not conquer, where the glittering kingdom of Northumbria thrived, the place where David MacMalcolm raised great abbeys, where the border rivers rode into history, and where Walter Scott sat at Abbotsford and brooded on the area's rich and historic legacy.

About The Author
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Alistair Moffat was born and bred in the Scottish Borders. A former Director of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Director of Programmes at Scottish Television, he now runs the Borders Book Festival and the DNA testing company, BritainsDNA (www.britainsdna.com). He is the author of a number of highly acclaimed books and is currently Rector of St Andrews University.

REVIEWS
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Beautifully written, a fine book'

- Sunday Herald

Highly readable - a lively, clear style'

- Northern History

Quirky, learned and utterly absorbing' 

- Allan Massie

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