Fatal Rivalry: Flodden, 1513: Henry VIII and James IV and the Decisive Battle for Renaissance Britain

Fatal Rivalry: Flodden, 1513: Henry VIII and James IV and the Decisive Battle for Renaissance Britain

by George Goodwin

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Flodden 1513: the biggest and bloodiest Anglo-Scottish battle. Its causes spanned many centuries; its consequences were as extraordinary as the battle itself.

On September 9, 1513, the vicious rivalry between the young Henry VIII of England and his charismatic brother-in-law, James IV of Scotland, ended in violence at Flodden Field in the north of England. It was the inevitable climax to years of mounting personal and political tension through which James bravely asserted Scotland’s independence and Henry demanded its obedience.

In Fatal Rivalry, George Goodwin, the best-selling author of Fatal Colours, captures the vibrant Renaissance splendor of the royal courts of England and Scotland, with their unprecedented wealth, innovation, and artistic expression. He shows how the wily Henry VII, far from the miser king of tradition, spent vast sums to secure his throne and elevate the monarchy to a new standard of magnificence among the courts of Europe. He demonstrates how James IV competed with the elder Henry, even claiming that Arthurian legend supported a separate Scottish identity. Such rivalry served as a substitute for war—until Henry VIII’s belligerence forced the real thing.

As England and Scotland scheme toward their biggest-ever battle, Goodwin deploys a fascinating and treacherous cast of characters: maneuvering ministers, cynical foreign allies, conspiring cardinals, and contrasting queens in Katherine of Aragon and Margaret Tudor.

Finally, at Flodden on September 9, 1513, King James seems poised for the crushing victory that will confirm him as Scotland’s greatest king and—if an old military foe proves unable to stop him—put all of Britain in his grasp.

Five hundred years after this decisive battle, Fatal Rivalry combines original sources and modern scholarship to re-create the royal drama, the military might, and the world in transition that created this bitter conflict.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393240535
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/19/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,086,490
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

George Goodwin is a history graduate of Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he was awarded a Foundation Exhibition. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Royal Society of Arts and is a member of the Battlefields Trust. He lives near Kew Gardens.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Prologue 1

Introduction 4

1 Uncertain Inheritors 7

2 New Kings 11

3 1496 and 1497 - War on the Border 18

4 The Common Condition 27

5 The Treaty of Perpetual Peace 36

6 A New Monarchy 51

7 Renaissance Monarchy - Power 58

8 Renaissance Monarchy - Display 67

9 Henry VIII - The Protected Prince 74

10 Henry VIII - A Liberated King 81

11 James IV and the 'Realization' of Scottish History 89

12 Their Renaissance Majesties 106

13 Seapower 116

14 King or Vassal 128

15 1513 - Breakdown 135

16 1513 - Katherine, Regent and. Governess of England 146

17 1513 - War 154

18 Invasion 162

19 Preparing the Ground 174

20 Flodden - 9 September 1513 191

21 Aftermath 214

Commemoration 227

Select List of Flodden-related Organizations and Places to Visit 229

Notes 232

Select Bibiliography 261

Acknowledgements 272

Index 275

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Fatal Rivalry: Flodden, 1513: Henry VIII and James IV and the Decisive Battle for Renaissance Britain 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
DukeofChutney More than 1 year ago
If you are interested in English/Scottish history then this is a must read for you. It makes it clear the relationship between the two countries and goes much further than 1513. It sets a foundation for the ongoing events of today and gives one a background on the union of and possible break-up of Great Britain