The Debatable Land

The Debatable Land : The Lost World Between Scotland and England

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`A book worth reading' Andrew Marr, Sunday Times

The Debatable Land was an independent territory which used to exist between Scotland and England. At the height of its notoriety, it was the bloodiest region in Great Britain, fought over by Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and James V. After the Union of the Crowns, most of its population was slaughtered or deported and it became the last part of the country to be brought under the control of the state. Today, its history has been forgotten or ignored.

When Graham Robb moved to a lonely house on the very edge of England, he discovered that the river which almost surrounded his new home had once marked the Debatable Land's southern boundary. Under the powerful spell of curiosity, Robb began a journey - on foot, by bicycle and into the past - that would uncover lost towns and roads, reveal the truth about this maligned patch of land and result in more than one discovery of major historical significance.

Rich in detail and epic in scope, The Debatable Land takes us from a time when neither England nor Scotland could be imagined to the present day, when contemporary nationalism and political turmoil threaten to unsettle the cross-border community once more. Writing with his customary charm, wit and literary grace, Graham Robb proves the Debatable Land to be a crucial, missing piece in the puzzle of British history.

Includes a 16-page colour plate section.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 163 x 241 x 32mm | 633g
  • Pan MacMillan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1509804684
  • 9781509804689
  • 6,661

Table of contents

Section - i: List of Illustrations
Section - ii: List of Figures
Section - iii: A Guide to Pronunciation

Unit - 1: PART ONE
Chapter - 1: Hidden Places
Chapter - 2: Outpost
Chapter - 3: Panic Button
Chapter - 4: The True and Ancient Border
Chapter - 5: `The Sewer of Abandoned Men'
Chapter - 6: Mouldywarp
Chapter - 7: Beachcombing
Unit - 2: PART TWO
Chapter - 8: Blind Roads
Chapter - 9: Harrowed
Chapter - 10: `Loveable Custumis'
Chapter - 11: Accelerated Transhumance
Chapter - 12: Skurrlywarble
Chapter - 13: Exploratores
Chapter - 14: Windy Edge
Chapter - 15: `In Tymis Bigane'
Unit - 3: PART THREE
Chapter - 16: 'Stob and Staik'
Chapter - 17: `Rube, Burne, Spoyll, Slaye, Murder annd Destrewe'
Chapter - 18: The Final Partition
Chapter - 19: Hector of ye Harlawe
Chapter - 20: Scrope
Chapter - 21: Tarras Moss
Chapter - 22: `A Factious and Naughty People'
Chapter - 23: Silence
Unit - 4: PART FOUR
Chapter - 24: Graticules
Chapter - 25: The Kingdom of Selgovia
Chapter - 26: `Arthur'
Chapter - 27: The Great Caledonian Invasion
Chapter - 28: Polling Stations
Chapter - 29: No Man's Land
Chapter - 30: The River

Section - iv: Appendix
Section - v: Chronology
Section - vi: Notes
Section - vii: Works Cited
Index - viii: General Index
Index - ix: Geographical Index
Acknowledgements - x: Acknowledgements
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Review quote

`A wonderful writer . . . No one else so relishes the odd corners of history' * Sunday Times * `Such a warm, gentle and generous writer, with no faux scholarly tosh or solitary ecstasy riffs' * Evening Standard *
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About Graham Robb

Graham Robb was born in Manchester in 1958 and is a former Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford. He has published widely on French literature and history. His 2007 book The Discovery of France won both the Duff Cooper and Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prizes. For Parisians (2010) the City of Paris awarded him the Grande Medaille de la Ville de Paris. He lives on the English-Scottish border.
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