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James IV Paperback – 26 Jul 2006

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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: John Donald Publishers Ltd (26 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0859766632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0859766630
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 916,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This remains the best book on James IV - scholarly and eminently readable' -- Norman F. Shead, Scottish Association of Teachers of History --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Norman MacDougall was senior Lecturer in the Department of Scottish History at the University of St Andrews.

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I was really looking forward to reading this book, as it promised to be a real treasure trove of research material for my next novel. I was somewhat disappointed though, as I feel the author did not really get to the essence of this charismatic man, the last Scottish monarch to die on the field of battle. There are some interesting glimpses though and one is certainly left with the opinion that this was no vain, or indeed naive character but a brave, if not slightly headstrong, romantic. I cannot fault the content; it is thoroughly well researched, but I found the indexing a little on the feeble side. Having said all this, I reckon this is the best book you can buy on James IV.

George Peter Algar
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James IV by Norman MacDougal is well researched and packed with interesting details. MacDougall provides a sympathetic viewpoint for this King's period with fresh insights into the unfolding events.After Robert the Bruce, James IV was the most popular Scottish King who built the largest Scottish Navy. He wanted to send a crusade to capture the Holy Land and he built the Great Michael specifically for crusade. He was killed at the famous Battle of Flodden. There are good illustrations and the story is well told and of interest to all with an interest in Scottish and Naval history.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Intricately detailed............. 3 April 2001
By nto62 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book hoping to further understand the reign of James IV of Scotland and the events that led up to Flodden Field. Norman MacDougall certainly provides this information in, what is often, excruciating detail. Mainly focusing on government operation, political in-fighting, and clan rivalries of late 15th and early 16th centuries, MacDougall throws a plethora of Scottish earls, bishops, and burghers into the mix and the reader is highly challenged to keep it all straight. If one is looking for a leisurely read of James IV and his reign, I suggest looking elsewhere. However, if one requires an intensely detailed political account of this patricidal, fiscally obsessed, ruler who, himself, was doomed to destruction, you need look no further.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AN INTENSE AND SCHOLARLY BOOK 27 Aug. 2012
By tamara silva - Published on Amazon.com
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This is NOT a book for the faint of heart. The scope and density of this work is impressive. In one paragraph, prof. MacDougal compares the actual accounting notes from two of James IV's castles and launches into a deductive reasoning about increased expenditures at a remote castle being not quite proof of a minor legend or myth but evidence thereof. To me this demonstrates; impressive research, original source research and most impressively an intellectual honesty to state the facts as he found them. I am a very casual reader of European history and grabbed this book on a whim. This is an excellent and meticulous analysis of one of Scotland's more important rulers. I enjoyed this book but it is a dense read. My only criticism was the style of footnotes but that is a minor choice based on style rather than substance.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 22 Aug. 2016
By L M Pistor - Published on Amazon.com
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Well written and informative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating! 2 April 2013
By Jeanette K. Sleight - Published on Amazon.com
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Very interesting history of James Stewart IV King of Scots. As a very distant great grand daughter I found the book a particularly enthralling read!
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