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

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


Cross, C. Wallace, The Historian


Fatal Rivalry, Flodden 1513: Henry VIII, James IV and the Battle for Renaissance Britain. By George Goodwin. (New York, NY: W. W. Norton, 2013. Pp. x, 288. $29.95.)

The author of this study effectively uses both primary and secondary sources to provide the reader with a detailed description of the battle of Flodden Field, Britain's last medieval and first early modern battle. The book should appeal to scholars in the field as well as enthusiasts of Renaissance diplomatic and military history. The author describes the rivalry between James IV of Scotland and Henry VIII of England, culminating in James's death and the Scottish debacle at Flodden Field. The acrimonious relationship between England and Scotland in 1513 had its genesis in the tenth century. The Scots were determined to avoid becoming a client state of England, while the English kept a wary eye for Scottish incursions over their northern border, especially during the wars with France.

George Goodwin makes frequent reference to the Treaty of Perpetual Peace signed between James IV and Henry VII in 1502. This was an effort to set aside hostilities and end the sporadic warfare that had been waged for the preceding two hundred years. Unfortunately, it was unsuccessful in these respects. The Treaty of Perpetual Peace aside, Henry VIII believed James owed him obedience. The implication of a claim to the English throne through James's marriage to Margaret Tudor did not help relations between the two monarchs as Queen Catherine had not produced a male heir. When Henry took up active kingship in 1511, he wanted to become a player in international politics. In that same year, Henry joined the Holy League, a military alliance directed against France, and implemented an aggressive policy towards Scotland designed to curtail Scottish independence. …

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