The Battle of Flodden in 1513 was the largest battle ever to take place between England and Scotland. James IV himself led an army of 30,000 men over the border into England, ostensibly in revenge for the murder of a Scotsman, but in reality to assist their ally the French by diverting the forces of Henry VIII.
Yet the Scots were hampered by old-fashioned weapons and tactics, whereas the English used more accurate artillery and their vaunted longbowmen. When King James IV was killed while leading a charge, and many of their officers died, the Scots were left in disarray and the English victory was decisive.
As the first new history of the battle in a decade, this authoritative and eye-opening account marks the 500th anniversary of the battle.