The Borders

The Borders

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Highly readablea€ba lively, clear style.' - Northern History 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 Reivers rode into history, and where Walter Scott sat at Abbotsford and brooded on the areaa€™s rich and historic legacy.Now, property in Hawick can be bought within the limit of a normal credit card and the old air of confidence and vivacity has gone. A comparison with Melrose is both poignant and pointed. ... No new industry has come to bring high incomes to Melrose, the wellplanned pensions of the retired middle classes have created thisanbsp;...

Title:The Borders
Author:Alistair Moffat
Publisher:Birlinn - 2011-08-12


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