I was encouraged to buy George Goodwin's book on Flodden having read his earlier, fascinating book on the background to the wars of the Roses and the battle of Towton. Fatal Rivalry does not disappoint. It is well written, well researched and conveys a captivating account of the influence of the European renaissance and technological progress (printing, armaments) on the courts of Henry VIII of England and James IV of Scotland and also on the conduct of warfare. For someone who is new to this period, it provides a great introduction to a critical period of Anglo-Scottish history, and an important reminder of the importance of the historical stories which are believed at different times. The account of the battle itself also reminds us to beware of thinking that just because something happened, it was bound to happen. It wasn't.