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Companion Guides Edinburgh and the Borders
by A. J. Youngson

Book ReviewsCompanion Guides Edinburgh and the BordersCompanion Guide Edinburgh cover Everything you need for a meaningful trip in Edinburgh and the Borders is included in this Companion Guide, whether it is of historic, cultural, literary, or artistic value. Each chapter covers a day's excursion in an area, and highlights the unique character of that district. This is an essential guide for understanding Edinburgh and the Borders.

Included is Edinburgh's Old Town, rebuilt on the medieval street plan after being burned down by the English in 1544, and the eighteenth-century classical New Town. Edinburgh, the capital of an independent kingdom for more than two hundred and fifty years, boasts buildings where kings were born and streets trodden by Mary Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie.

It is good to see that the Border area is part of the guide. Lying south and east of Edinburgh, this romantic landscape of ruined abbeys, castles, stately homes and the literature of Sir Walter Scott deserves to be visited.

Imagination, a feeling for history, and a background of scholarship are all evident in this detailed guide, one that everyone travelling to Edinburgh and the Borders will want to consult.

The Companion Guides are an exceptional series. Their high standards, detailed information, and editorial comments are without peer. They are written with wit, intelligence and true skill by highly knowledgeable persons conversant with their subject. The author, A.J. Youngson, is former chairman of the Fine Art Commission for Scotland. He knows his subject intimately and successfully combines well-researched historical fact with anecdotal and travel information.

The Companion Guides are more than guide books. They are armchair travel books as well, full of fascinating anecdotes that make entertaining and informative reading. Edinburgh and the Borders is no exception. It is a comprehensive and all-inclusive resource.

Essential Information

Edinburgh and the Borders
Published 2001
444 pages
Size: 21 x 13
ISBN: 1 90063 938 6
U S dollar $24.95, Sterling 14.99
Companion Guides
Boydell and Brewer
PO Box 9
Woodbridge
Suffolk
IP12 3DF
or
PO Box 41026
Rochester, NY
14604-4126
ISBN: 1-900639-38-6
www.boydell.co.uk

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