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Strongholds of the Border Reivers : Fortifications of the Anglo-ScottishBorder 1296-1603 - Turner

Strongholds of the Border Reivers

Fortifications of the Anglo-ScottishBorder 1296-1603

By: Turner


Published: 20th May 2012
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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.

"This book covers the fortifications built along the Anglo-Scottish border from 1296 to 1603 beginning with a brief history of the English attempts to take over Scotland beginning with Edward I and initiating three centuries of border raiding (reiving)...Those interested in frontier warfare during the later part of the Middle Ages will find this book useful." --J. E. Kaufmann, Site O (April 2008)

"Like all books in the Fortress Series, there is a section on visiting the various sites today, making this book a capable guide to these structures as well as a history of their construction, use and fate. It is a superb book on the subject and one that I can recommend to you without reservation." --Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (May 2008)

"Here is a well-illustrated account of their designs and use, with plenty of plans and excellent colour plates. This is a great books for anyone interested in castles, and if you plan to visit the area it will be a wonderful guide to sites of interest. Very highly recommended." --John Prigent, Internet Modeler (April 2008)

Introductionp. 4
Chronologyp. 8
Design and Developmentp. 9
Norham Castle
Dunstanburgh Castle
Aydon Castle
Border Fortificationsp. 17
The pele
The tower house
The bastle
Defensible churches
Principles of Defencep. 39
Hermitage Castle, 'The Strength of Liddesdale'
Barmkins and beacons
Siege of Cessford Castle, 1523
Tour of a Tower House - Smailholmp. 44
Everyday Life in the Tower Housep. 51
Border Strongholds at Warp. 52
The effects of raiding
The 'Rough Wooing', 1544-49
Assault on Wark Castle by the Duke of Albany, 1523
The Fate of the Castles, Tower Houses, Bastles and Defensible Churchesp. 59
Visiting the Sites Todayp. 60
Glossaryp. 62
Bibliographyp. 63
Indexp. 64
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ISBN: 9781846031977
ISBN-10: 1846031974
Series: Fortress
Audience: BAU
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 64
Published: 20th May 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.8 x 18.4  x 0.5
Weight (kg): 0.22
Edition Number: 1