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The Candlemass Road is a Historical Fiction novel by George Macdonald Fraser. Set on the Scotch-English border described in his nonfiction book The Steel Bonnets, The Candlemass Road is about young lady Margaret Dacre, who has just inherited an estate on the border. Her father, Lord Ralph Dacre, known throughout the borderlands and beyond as "The Red Bull" kept his land safe for decades, and no reiver dared despoil Dacre tenants. Now that he is dead, his troopers dispersed to other lords, and there is no one left to hold the manor but a few servants and an aging priest. The Nixons, a famous reiver clan, have come to Geordie Bell to demand the black rent (as protection money is called on the border). Bell calls upon Lady Dacre for help and protection, and she has no one to hold away the reivers but Archie Wait-About-Him, an outlaw and broken man held by her bailiff for stealing bread.
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