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This review is from: Tom Fleck (Paperback)Harry Nicholson is a really good storyteller and as I read Tom Fleck I was transported back to the 16th century. His book is well-researched, but the detail never reads like a text book or intrudes. It's about Tom, a young farm worker on the Warren Manor Estate in Cleveland. He longs to escape and farm his own land. So when Mark, the Lord of the Manor's son orders him to go north with the militia from the manor to fight against the Scots on the border, he takes matters into his own hands and leaves home to join forces with drovers from Durham. The drovers and Tom get caught up in the preparations for war and as Tom is a gifted archer he is pressed into joining the English forces in fighting against the Scots under James IV at Flodden Field.
It is also a love story, as Tom and Rachel fall in love, but then there is his sweetheart, Mary who he left behind at home. Who will he choose, if indeed, he should survive the battle? Generally I'm not keen on reading battle scenes but Harry dealt with this very well and actually I think it's one of the best accounts of the Battle of Flodden that I've read.
All in all, this is a fascinating glimpse into the lives of ordinary people and the aristocracy in the 16th century, caught up in war. It highlights differences in their lives and in their deaths - the rich received honours and church burials, whereas the rest were simply bundled together in pits in the field.