The Hot Trod: A History of the Anglo-Scottish Border (Hardcover)
The 2014 Scottish independence debate and the re-ignition of the SNP’s call for a 2nd vote in the wake of Brexit and indeed Brexit itself opens a window for a re-appraisal of what nationality/frontier and borderer identity actually mean in the 21st century, and a chance to ponder on how the past affects this. As a borderer and historian John Sadler is uniquely qualified to examine the border from Roman times to today. He's been in these Marches all his life, studied and read about their wild inhabitants, traversed every inch and studied every castle, bastle, tower and battlefield.In July 2010 in Rothbury, a latter day outlaw, Raoul Thomas Moat, a vicious petty criminal and murderer, holed up in Coquetdale as hundreds of police tried to flush him out. Nasty as he was, he became a kind of instant folk hero to some. Four centuries ago, Moat would barely have been noticed on the border - just another violent Reiver.From the Hammer of the Scots, William Wallace, Roibert the Bruce, Mary, Queen of Scots, right through to today's new nationalism, the story of the borderlands is tempestuous, bloody and fascinating.And a 'Hot Trod'? If your cattle were stolen there was a LEGAL requirement to pursue the rustlers within six days, otherwise you're on a less enforceable Cold Trod.
John Sadler has had a lifelong interest in military history. He now combines writing with lecturing in History at Newcastle University and working as a battlefield tour guide, living history interpreter, and heritage consultant. He is a keen re-enactor and a long time member of the Sealed Knot Society. He is the author of more than 40 books. He lives in mid-Northumberland.