Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Flodden by Niall Barr

Flodden by Niall Barr describes the battle of 1513 that led to the destruction of the Scottish nobility and death of the Scottish king James IV. The armies of both the Scottish and British are described. Interestingly enough the Scottish army was more technologically advanced than the English. The Scots were using the Swiss system. The political background to the conflict is laid out. The description of the battle itself is excellent. The perplexing decisions of the Scotts are explained. They had the high ground but gave up that advantage. The text is complemented by drawings of the battle as well as art work and photos. The book contains notes, bibliography and an index. Several appendices have extracts from the primary sources. An excellent source on this decisive battle of the conflict between Scotland and England.

Highly recommended!

Is available through Abebooks.

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