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

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

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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.
Flodden 1513: the biggest and bloodiest Anglo-Scottish battle. Its causes spanned many centuries; its consequences were as extraordinary as the battle itself.

Baker & Taylor
Describes the family drama, political and royal court intrigue and bloody military battles that erupted between Henry VIII of England and his brother-in-law James IV of Scotland during the splendor of the Renaissance as Scotland tried to assert its independence.

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As the poor struggled for sustenance in the early Renaissance, their higher-ups fought for wealth and power, and kings competed with displays of prosperity, technological innovation, production of male heirs, and attempts to achieve lasting fame and eternal protection for their souls. Historian Goodwin sets the stage for the bloodiest and biggest Anglo-Scottish battle, which was a long time in the making and produced extraordinary consequences. Active leadership in battle was expected by James's people and he was killed, while Henry reaped the benefits of victory in absentia. James IV's loss was attributed to the weather and the supernatural, among other things, but history claims human agency as the likely reason. In 21 chapters the author describes the battle and elucidates the past as prologue and the future as epilogue. While most everyone knows what happened to Henry VIII, fewer know that James's much diminished remains lie today under a pub in London. This fascinating and very readable book is not just for historians, but the intelligent general reader as well. There are 16 pages of color photographs, commemoration, a select list of Flodden-related organizations and places to visit, notes, and select bibliography. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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& Taylor

Describes the family drama, political and royal court intrigue, and bloody military battles that erupted between Henry VIII of England and his brother-in-law James IV of Scotland during the Renaissance as Scotland tried to assert its independence.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2013
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780393073683
0393073688
Branch Call Number: 942.052 GOODW
Notes: "First published in Great Britain in 2013 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, a division of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd, London"--Title page verso

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