Reading like a novel, Peter Reese recreates the drama and calamity of of one of the most famous battles in history fought just south of the River Tweed on 9 September 1513.
The defeat of the Scottish at Flodden by the English under the hand of the Earl of Surrey changed forever the fate of a country, but with superior numbers and arms what went wrong?
Thoroughly researched, accessible and realistic, a must for any history buff.
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‘There is no more poignant, nor more important battle than Flodden. Before it Scotland was a proud country emerging as a distinct and flourishing nation within Europe, afterwards it was weak, exposed and leaderless. With defeat the inevitability of Scotland’s Reformation and union with England is hard to deny. Peter Reese vividly recreates the drama and calamity of the battle, drawing together the political, military and historical background to the conflict but in a readable and accessible style which belie the complexity and importance of the battle and its aftermath.’ – Andrew Simmons, Managing Editor, Birlinn
In the breadth of bitter-sweet Scottish history there is no more poignant, not more important, battle than Flodden. Before Scotland's disastrous defeat at the hands of the English under the Earl of Surrey, a proud country under its dynamic Stewart king, James IV, was emerging as a distinct and flourishing nation within Europe. With defeat the inevitability of Scotland's Reformation and union with England is hard to deny. Flodden was an ignominious and disastrous moment for the Scots, all the more so for being a largely unnecessary encounter, fought with superior numbers and arms, which left the country weak, exposed and leaderless. In this bestselling study of one of the most famous battles in history, Peter Reese recreates the drama and calamity of the battle fought just south of the River Tweed on 9 September 1513. Drawing together the political, military and historical background to the conflict, he examines the two armies and their leaders and explains the crucial tactical moves both before and during the encounter. The result is a thoroughly researched yet always accessible and realistic account of the battle Scotland has tried to forget.
Publication date: 26/06/2013
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd an imprint of Birlinn General
|Publication date:||26th June 2013|
|Publisher:||Birlinn Ltd an imprint of Birlinn General|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, History, The Real World,|
|Categories:||Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700, Battles & campaigns,|
Peter Reese served for almost thirty years in the Army, where his concerns included the professional training of officers. He has both an MA and MPhil in war-related studies from King's College, LondonMore About Peter Reese