W&N History HB July £20.00 288pp 978 0 297 86739 5 ebook: £20.00 978 0 297 86740 1
‘Vivid, humane and superbly researched’ David Starkey
GEORGE GOODWIN Fatal Rivalry, Flodden 1513 The relationship of England and Scotland became defined by the Battle of Flodden. 500 years ago this September, at Flodden in Northumberland, 26,000 English and almost 40,000 Scots fought a battle that dwarfs any other British battle – in size, bloodshed and finality. The ‘fatal rivalry’ was between Henry VIII of England, then a glamorous 22-year-old king, and the charismatic James IV of Scotland, who had established a separate identity for his country. There was also sibling rivalry – James IV was married to Henry’s sister, Margaret. The personalities of the key players – James, Henry and their respective queens, Margaret and Katherine of Aragon, and the grizzled veteran commander Thomas Howard, Earl of Surrey, are the cornerstones of this narrative. England had emerged from a century of war – the 100 Years War and then the Wars of the Roses – culminating in Richard III’s defeat at Bosworth. Scotland had endured a savage four-generation power struggle. James IV had defeated the Lords of the Isles, making him the first ruler of a unified Scotland, but unity stopped there: the Anglo-Scottish ‘Treaty of Perpetual Peace’ was destroyed by the Henry VIII’s thirst for glory in France and forced England and Scotland into a pan-European war. Flodden was also a battle between the medieval and modern worlds. A new form of infantry fighting meant the English prevailed, and James IV became the last British king to die in battle. George Goodwin is author of bestselling Fatal Colours, the story of the Battle of Towton in the War of the Roses. He is a history graduate of Pembroke College, Cambridge, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Location: Kew, Surrey Available for Interview www.flodden1513.com
W&N Non-Fiction/History • July 2013