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Thread: The Borders

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    Inverness-shire, Scotland & British Columbia, Canada
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    The Borders

    I'm in the midst of prep for my part in a lecture series next summer and drew a subject I have not studied for years and years: The Borders: Its Place in Scotland. One of the books I have read during this process I am compelled to pass on as an essential for those of you more than mildly interested in the subject. 'The Borders, A History...' by Alistair Moffat.

    "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."

    An intense, captivating, exceptionally well-understood history.

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    I have the book and it's probably time to read it again.


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