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.
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Table of Contents
List of Illustrations ix
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
Select List of Flodden-related Organizations and Places to Visit 229
Select Bibiliography 261
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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