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5.0 out of 5 stars Male ego and stupity at its best, 22 Jun. 2014
This review is from: Fatal Rivalry: Henry VIII, James IV and the Battle for Renaissance Britain - Flodden 1513 (Hardcover)
I very well written book with a very good clear insight to the background of the events that lead to this unessacary conflict between Scotland and England, and in the interests of France, I feel on most occasions the Auld Alliance between Scotland and France , was to Scotland's disadvantage as France never did anything to assist Scotland unless it suited their own purposes as we saw in the aftermath Of Queen Mary Stuart's treatment in England , where they did nothing to help her. I have not read any book by George Goodwin but I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was very refreshing interesting and very much alive. Mr Goodwin clearly has excellent knowledge of this particular period as he beautifully describes the events that lead up the Flodden and the relatively peaceful relations between both countries which the Perpetual peace, the Marriage of the Thistle and the Rose was intended to do in 1503. Sadly it was the stupidity of James IV of Scotland and the arrogance and ruthless ambition of Henry VIII of England, who thought he was another Henry V. However James IV for me is the more to blame for allowing his own vanity and ambition to overrule the best interests of his country, Scotland and allow himself to be dragged into a conflict by others, the French should have been left to fight their own battles. In fairness it was James who invaded England not Henry who invaded Scotland, Scotland suffered a defeat that had a major impact on the Scottish mind, they never invaded England again at the behest of France. Henry VIII later on was equally as stupid trying to impose his will and ambition on Scotland . Very enjoyable book , my over riding opinion was it was so unnecessary in the first place. I most certainly would recommend this book to those who share an interest in the Stuart/Tudor period and I will look out for more books from this author
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