This book examines the army of England as it appeared in the first half of the 16th Century, and looks at certain climatic battles like the Battle of the Spurs and the Battle of Flodden, fought in France and Scotland respectively, and both in 1513. During this era the Scots and especially the French were considered England's worst enemies; the author explains that the English were not usually deliberately out to provoke France, but the two nations had common interests on the Continent and so confrontation was inevitable.
Although gunpowder weapons were indeed common throughout the Old World by this point in history, for most of this book's period the English soldier was still much more likely to fight with a longbow or bill/halberd. The armament and armor of the cavalry and infantry are discussed in detail after a summary of Henry's wars and the organization of his army. Uniforms and flags are also studied.
The illustrator, Angus McBride, maintained a reputation as one of the greatest illustrators for military history, wargaming, and fantasy warfare books from the early 1970's up to his death in 2007. Although one time or another I have probably seen most of his artwork, I have to say this here is some of his best. McBride illustrates the English soldiers, with their Irish and Landsknecht allies, with breathtaking color and detail, and captures them in such lifelike poses and expressions they can remind you of people you know. The uniforms and appearances of the English soldiers make the artwork even more interesting; most of these men wore their hair very long and wore all sorts of colorful, garish, and sometimes plain bizarre uniforms and outfits.
As with most Osprey books illustrated by McBride, but even more so than usual, the color plates alone make this book worth every cent. The text, however, would be valuable to the wargamer, historian, or history teacher as well. In short, I could hardly think of a better book to flesh out the appearance of late medieval English troops, or a better introduction to their arms, organization, and most famous battles.