The Debatable Land: The Lost World Between Scotland and England
The Debatable Land was an independent territory which used to exist between Scotland and England. It is the oldest detectable territorial division in Great Britain. At the height of its notoriety, it was the bloodiest region in the country, and preoccupied the monarchs and parliaments of England, Scotland, and France. After most of its population was slaughtered or deported, it became the last part of Great Britain to be conquered and brought under the control of a state. Today, it has vanished from the map and no one knows exactly where and what it was. 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, shed new light on the Dark Age, reveal the truth about this maligned patch of land, and lead to more than one discovery of major historical significance. For the first time - and with all of his customary charm, wit and literary grace - Graham Robb, prize-winning author of The Discovery of France, has written about his native country. The Debatable Land is an epic and energetic book that takes us from 2016 back to an age when neither England nor Scotland could be imagined to reveal a crucial, missing piece in the puzzle of British history.
Sunday Times top-ten bestselling author Graham Robb turns his attention on his homeland for the first time in this beautifully-written and ground-breaking book
`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 *
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.
Section - i: List of IllustrationsSection - ii: List of FiguresSection - iii: A Guide to PronunciationUnit - 1: PART ONEChapter - 1: Hidden PlacesChapter - 2: OutpostChapter - 3: Panic ButtonChapter - 4: The True and Ancient BorderChapter - 5: `The Sewer of Abandoned Men'Chapter - 6: MouldywarpChapter - 7: BeachcombingUnit - 2: PART TWOChapter - 8: Blind RoadsChapter - 9: HarrowedChapter - 10: `Loveable Custumis'Chapter - 11: Accelerated TranshumanceChapter - 12: SkurrlywarbleChapter - 13: ExploratoresChapter - 14: Windy EdgeChapter - 15: `In Tymis Bigane'Unit - 3: PART THREEChapter - 16: 'Stob and Staik'Chapter - 17: `Rube, Burne, Spoyll, Slaye, Murder annd Destrewe'Chapter - 18: The Final PartitionChapter - 19: Hector of ye HarlaweChapter - 20: ScropeChapter - 21: Tarras MossChapter - 22: `A Factious and Naughty People'Chapter - 23: SilenceUnit - 4: PART FOURChapter - 24: GraticulesChapter - 25: The Kingdom of SelgoviaChapter - 26: `Arthur'Chapter - 27: The Great Caledonian InvasionChapter - 28: Polling StationsChapter - 29: No Man's LandChapter - 30: The RiverSection - iv: AppendixSection - v: ChronologySection - vi: NotesSection - vii: Works CitedIndex - viii: General IndexIndex - ix: Geographical IndexAcknowledgements - x: Acknowledgements