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George MacDonald Fraser OBE FRSL (2 April 1925 – 2 January 2008) was a Scottish author who wrote historical novels, non-fiction books and several screenplays.

George MacDonald Fraser OBE FRSL (2 April 1925 – 2 January 2008) was a Scottish author who wrote historical novels, non-fiction books and several screenplays. He is best known for a series of works that featured the character Flashman. Fraser was born to Scottish parents in Carlisle, England, on 2 April 1925. His father was a doctor and his mother a nurse. It was his father who passed on to Fraser his love of reading, and a passion for his Scottish heritage.

George Macdonald Fraser died in January 2008 at the age of eighty-two. It describes local customs, the techniques of raiding, as well as some of the most important clans.

George Macdonald Fraser died in January 2008 at the age of 8. In The Steel Bonnets, the author describes a world in which law was half broken, the sword was the ruler, and woe betide the weak.

In The Steel Bonnets, the author describes a world in which law was half broken, the sword was the ruler, and woe betide the weak. Long a frontier of war, people could not count on normal guarentees of their survival.

George MacDonald Fraser is the author of the Flashman novels; here he takes his hand at history – and it’s very .

George MacDonald Fraser is the author of the Flashman novels; here he takes his hand at history – and it’s very good.

George MacDonald Fraser. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate. From the author of the famous ‘Flashman Papers’ and the ‘Private McAuslan’ stories.

The Steel Bonnets Текст. Автор:George Fraser MacDonald. Whenever Eure is quoted in this book the person referred to is Ralph, 3rd Lord, unless otherwise stated. Купить и читать за 1062,25 ₽.

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The acclaimed definitive history of the outlaws and "Border lords" who reigned on the contentious frontier between England and Scotland for three hundred years.

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Nalaylewe
If I were a student researching the history of Scotland, and especially Scottish/English relations, I would read this book. A wealth of information and an enjoyable read. Fraser was a great writer and a meticulous researcher.
Hap
I was guided to this book and author by a longtime friend who knew my interest in history and our common roots.

I found it filled in large gaps in my understanding of Scottish history and to be an exciting reqd about an exciting time in history.

I recommend this book
Wel
I'm biased as I read this because it was recommended to me by someone who also has ancestors who lived in the border regions this book is about.

I was taken by the very interesting accent of a ranger on a local island in Porirua, New Zealand. He is from Northumberland and I commented that I have ancestors who came to NZ from there. He recommended this book and I am thoroughly glad I read it as it has a whole chapter on the Carelton brothers, and sadly it turns out thst one of them had one of the Bell family (the ranger is a Bell) arrested and executed. That was during the time of Queen Elizabeth 1, but it is still sobering and a reminder what a small world it is.

The book is essentially about the border between Scotland and England and all the rustling that went on. It seemed to be so common it did not surprise anyone. There were also inter-family strife, sometimes involving bloodshed, and quite astonishing collusion in crime at times between people from both sides of the border.
Levaq
The story of the Scottish "border ruffians" (inhabitants of the land between northern England and SW Scotland) is fascinating, and explains much about the character of those people (I married one of their descendants). It is a blend of fanatical loyalties, treacherous back-stabbing, bloody reprisals and the attitude that peace is always just a pause between wars. This same author wrote the hilarious Flashman series and "The Complete McAuslan". Humor in "The Steel Bonnets" is occasionally found, but the author's cynicism and pride in being a Scot always shine through.
Voodoosida
Enjoy those Wild West movies? The ones with the shoot-outs, the cattle raids, the feuds between two rival ranchers? How about the Hatfields and McCoys? That All-American tradition didn't grow out of the soil of North America. It was imported from the border of Scotland and England. Basically the ancient kingdoms of Strathclyde and Northumbria, and after King James' Plantations in Ireland, Ulster.

This borders region was the home to the Border Reivers, lowland Scots and North English Clans that raided cattle, engaged in long-running feuds and resisted the power of the King-be it the King of Scotland or the King of England. On both sides of the border, the Reivers were more loyal to their kith and kin than either kingdom and often switched nationalities at their own convenience.

This book describes the cultural scene of the Reivers and many of the highpoints of their activities and feuds. This boils down to a historical Wild West story, with steel helmets, lances, and matchlock guns rather than six shooters and cowboy hats.

What is most interesting is his layout of prominent Border Reiver family names, variations on spelling, and their alliances and hostile relations with other clans. A casual perusal through my own family tree finds such names, along with a time and place-Western Pennsylvania between 1720-1800-the timeframe and destination for many "Scots-Irish" Border Reivers that headed to America.

Absolutely worth it for any person interested in history, genealogy, or just the Scots-English relationship.
Gavidor
When Scott says they abhorred and avoided the crime of unnecessary homicide, one can only comment that they seem to have found homicide necessary with appalling frequency.-The Steel Bonnets by George Macdonald Fraser

This delightfully cynical line is one of my favorites of the book. It shows Fraser's sardonic personality as well as giving a healthy contempt for the romanticism of brigandage.

In The Steel Bonnets, the author describes a world in which law was half broken, the sword was the ruler, and woe betide the weak. It is the old Anglo-scottish border. Long a frontier of war, people could not count on normal guarentees of their survival. With civilization stolen from them, they became barbarians. And remained so for centuries. And the tales of their life still remain.

The Steel Bonnets gives a picture of life on the border. It describes local customs, the techniques of raiding, as well as some of the most important clans. It is pleasingly unsentimental and does not regard border chieftains as heros simply because they were successful raiders. But it does give a fascinating portrait of their life. And it does not hide that, if border raiders were vicious, the English and Scottish governments, were not pillers of virtue either. It also gives a history of border politics and ends finnally with the brutal pacification of the region by King James, who as the author wryly acknowledges, was acting in a manner not dissimilar to his victims.

The most attractive figure in the book was the Elizabethan lawman Robert Carey, who deserves to be better known, for he handled the difficult job of policing the border honestly, valiantly, and not without mercy.
The Steel Bonnets is a book that is very much worth reading.
Cheber
While the book is a bit tedious, it's loaded with insight that can be helpful to those who want to understand what ancestral times were like in the border areas of England/Scotland.
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Author: George MacDonald Fraser
ISBN: 0394470494
Category: History
Subcategory: Europe
Language: English
Publisher: Knopf; [1st American ed.] edition (1972)