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by Alistair Moffat

  • ISBN: 1841584665
  • Author: Alistair Moffat
  • ePub ver: 1699 kb
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  • Rating: 4.9 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 586
  • Publisher: Birlinn Ltd; illustrated edition edition (May 1, 2007)
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  • Category: History
  • Subcategory: Europe
epub The Borders: A History of the Borders from Earliest Times download

Moffat then moved to Scottish Television and rose through the ranks to become director of programmes

In 1976 Alistair took over the running of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and in five years made it the largest and most dynamic arts festival in the world. Moffat then moved to Scottish Television and rose through the ranks to become director of programmes. On the way he made several award-winning documentaries and then took over the running of the children's schedule on ITV.

Moffat focuses on the lives of ordinary people, how they lived, the stories they told, the technologies they invented, and the literature they spoke and later wrote. One insight changes the way I think about British history, which I have always heard recounted as a series of invasions that changed its culture and history over time.

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 .

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. Required fields are marked .

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In 1976 Alistair took over the running of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and in five years made it the largest and most dynamic arts festival in the world. It was during his time there that it grew tremendously and many famous names emerged as major talents

Energizer LED Book Light Personal Flashlight. 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.

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.
Comments (7)

IWAS
I loved this book. The author is wonderful. His ability to paint pictures with words enabled me to see a world I will never visit. I was especially astounded to discover that the Scotland of tartans, bagpipes, and kilts was invented by a famous author and never really existed until about two centuries ago. I won't tell you his name--you really need to buy this book and find out for yourself. But I will give you a hint--his extensive prologue to the classic novel ROB ROY got me interested in all of this to begin with. A most rewarding read for history buffs and one you'll not find elsewhere. The borders have been overlooked in most other histories of Scotland. Kudos to Mr. Moffat!
Samulkis
Love Alistair Moffat's writing style and scholarship. In other words, reading one of his books does not mean you've read them all. He writes pointedly to each of his topics even if, on occasion, it is necessary to briefly allude to events or persons mentioned elsewhere.
Hasirri
Wonderful book, I'm still reading so, I won't go into extra detail. As a descendant from a boarder clan, I'm hanging on every word. This lines up with all of my Aunts family sagas and descriptions of both the area and our family tales. No wonder they made a television program from this book. Every page so far, is a true treasure.
Reemiel
I bought this for my son, who is a graduate student in archaeology at Newcastle University. I visited him recently, and he carried this book with us on our travels in the borders area, referring to it often. He had read it and liked it. Moffat is a good writer, very thorough.
Viashal
The Borders are an area of interest to me as I study the history of England and Scotland, so I am predisposed to favoring the book, however I very much enjoy the author's use of story to bring alive the history. The book is well organized and researched. I have also enjoyed his book The Reivers.
Jarortr
Alistair Moffat's books are always fun and informtive. I enjoyed this one.
Precious
A really worthy history of the area of the border between Scotland and England.
Recently a cousin located our ggg-grand father in Jedburgh, Scotland. I was inspired to find out more about the area and its history and I was not disappointed by this book by Alistair Moffat. I wanted even more when I finished reading it.

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