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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (8 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841769800
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841769806
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 0.6 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 257,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Armstrong was educated at Keswick School in Cumbria; he spent some time abroad and at sea before taking a degree in Fine Art at Maidstone College of Art. He worked throughout the 1970s as a Secondary School art teacher in Cumbria. Pete is the sculptor behind Border Miniatures, and his books are the fruit of his many years of modelling experience and research. Pete lives and works in Cumbria, UK.

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Robert II, King of Scots (1371-90), was the first Stewart king of Scotland; his military experience was limited to an appearance as a young man on the battlefield at Neville's Cross, from which he fled ignominiously without striking a blow. Read the first page
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Jun. 2007
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Otterburn 1388 was not a very large battle and was just an episode in the long story of Scottish plundering expeditions and English punitive raids that took place from XIII to XV centuries. And still, author managed to give of it a really passionating (although rigorously sticking to historical evidence) account.

There is something in Peter Armstrong writing that made me think about Tolkien - if Tolkien was writing about real history. For example, when dealing with the aspect of the battlefield, it is really a "tour de force" to describe the hills, hedges and some old trees in such a way, that the reader is "hooked" even before any actual fighting took place. Once the author moves to describe the leaders of both armies and some of the principal warriors, things got even better. The story is well written, clear and interesting. Maps are good, and the colour plates are strangely appealing, although the style used by Stephen Walsh is usually not my favourite.

I just loved this one - if there is anything more about Scottish wars by Peter Armstrong coming from Osprey, I will buy it with my eyes closed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By amazon customer on 26 Nov. 2013
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The perfect gift for all history buffs is THE ROMA VICTRIX WINE BEAKERCalix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker

At 64 pages this is a good reference work, dealing mainly with Tower houses and their evolvement, with excellent illustrations and artwork.
Recommended For further reading on Scottish castles and strongholds see Scottish Baronial Castles 1250-1450, Strongholds of the Border Reivers: Fortifications of the Anglo-Scottish Border 1296-1603.
Well researched in-depth account of an oft overlooked battle, (probably because the Scots won)Excellent narrative, detailed maps, as for the artwork not bad however I prefer that of the late Great Angus McBride.
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An excellent read and the author has balanced fact within a social context, very illuminating. A highly recommended read for historians and ancestors alike.
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By saltydawg on 23 July 2014
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Splendid coverage of this bloody affair on our borders. Many thanks.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A solid general reference on an obscure battle. 18 April 2006
By oakheart - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
_Otterburn 1388_ offers a solid general reference on this border battle between Scottish and English forces during the middle of the Hundred Years War. The section on the battle itself is hampered by a lack of information in the historical record. However, the introductory sections give a thorough background on the border conflict, going all the way back to Stirling Bridge and Falkirk ninety years before. The concluding sections are equally thorough, including a chapter and a map on the battle of Humbleton Hill a decade later involving many of the same combatants. Peter Armstrong does not have the academic credentials of some of the other medieval Osprey authors, such as David Nicolle, yet he covers the material with the detail of a professional in addition to the enthusiasm of a learned amateur.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An Osprey Campaign book 14 April 2008
By Douglas E. Libert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
An excellent interpretation of another battle between the Scots and the English,which occured during the reign of Richard II and during the Hundred Years wars.Although this battle is never mentioned in studies of the Hundred Years war, it is indeed inseparable from it,because of the Scottish alliance with the French kingdom.About 2500 soldiers on each side and once again the English longbow tactics triumph over the Scottish spear phalange.As always with Osprey publications,excellent maps,pictures,details of armaments,tactics,and strategies. The Scots strategy seems to be to keep English troops tied down to the Isles so that they can't be used against the French on the continent.In addition the Scots hope to give the English a "black eye" by keeping up tension along the border with raids with the hopes that Richard the Second's fragile government will collapse.The Scots succeed at Otterburn,Richard is overthrown,unfortunately,Henry the fourth(who succeeds Richard)proves even a greater scourge to the Scots.King Henry IV corrects some of the mistakes made by the English army at Otterburn.He reorganizes the military districts and sends a few of his more questionable aliies to the block. The Scottish victory at Otterburn is a minor scratch to the English government in the long term.Lots of dramatic artwork also in this book,including a funeral scene of the Scottish Earl of Douglas.You can't help but reaching the conclusion that by 1388 the English had already figured out how to defeat the Scots(even with one English hand behind their back).The Scots in the meantime were still living their glory days of Bannockburn and weren't coming up with anything new to stop the English.Cries of "FREEDOM" ala William Wallace can only take one so far!
A great book about a nasty little fight 23 Jan. 2013
By Maciej - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Otterburn 1388 was not a very big battle and in fact it was not much more than an episode in the long story of Scottish plundering expeditions and English punitive raids that took place from XIII to XV centuries.

And still, author managed to give of it a really passionating (although rigorously sticking to historical evidence) account. There is something in Peter Armstrong writing that make me think about Tolkien - if Tolkien was writing about real history. For example, when dealing with the aspect of the battlefield, it is really a "tour de force" to describe the hills, hedges and some old trees in such a way, that the reader is "hooked" even before any actual fighting took place. Once the author moves to describe the leaders of both armies and some of the principal warriors, things got even better. The story is well written, clear and interesting. Maps are good, and the colour plates are strangely appealing, although the style used by Stephen Walsh is usually not my favourite.

I just loved this one - if there is anything more about Scottish wars by Peter Armstrong coming from Osprey, I will buy it with my eyes closed.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
interesting overview of a long forgotten battle 10 May 2006
By lordhoot - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Once again, Ospery Campaign series bring us some detail and interesting account of a battle that 99% of American public probably never heard of. Peter Armstrong's book proves to bring some insight into this battle that remains a basic unknown for most readers. Thanks to lack of primary sources, the author had to make some educational conjectural accounts. But I found the details of the battle and the campaign to be pretty well put together and the summarized account of the entire English-Scottish border warfare that goes back to Walliam Wallace to be pretty well put together.

The major elements I thought the book was weak in was in the map area. I didn't see much use for the maps which appears to be bit confusing and not all that well put together.

But overall, I thought this was a pretty good effort by Ospery to bring to light one of the more interesting but truly forgotten battles of the Middle Ages.
Interesting 22 Sept. 2013
By Earl L. Knapp - Published on Amazon.com
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I thought this book was well written, and it seemed to have been researched in detail. I enjoyed the diagrams and charts.
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