Synopsis (from back cover):

Every step in thes fields is a step into history…

Why was the battle fought at all?

How did the armies come to meet at Branxton?

Why did the Scots move from Flodden Hill?

Why did Surry plan his attack?

Why did Home & Huntly leave the field?

These are just some of the questions asked about the Battle of Flodden.  There are answers but they may not be the ones you expect…

The battle of Flodden why & how explans the strategies and tactics of Flodden.  Describes the ground over which the Battle was fought and takes you along the battlefield trail as if you were a soldier on that fateful day.


I picked this book up from the Coach House which is just around the corner from where the battle of Flodden  took place.  It looked interesting and I thought it might add to my knowledge of the battle.  As my visit co-incided with the 500th anniversary of the battle I intended to explore the area again.

The book is informative and can be used in different ways.  Before describing the battle the book gives an overview of the way of life and the way warfare was conducted during the middle ages.  The book goes on to list the main protagonists and the types of weapons that were used during the battle and why and how the battle were fought, the consequences of the battle and how the outcome shaped the lives of both nations.

The topography of the land is described accompanied by colour photographs which help to illustrate the contours of the land.

The battle field trail is covered from the points of view of both the Scottish and the English, giving a feel for what it could be like for those involved in the combat.  A wider tour of the battlefield is included which is intended for walking, cycling or driving.  During my stay I used this trail and found it very interesting and informative.

The book concludes with other useful information about the area and Flodden connected sites, including suitable places for refreshments.

I thoroughly recommend the book which can be purchased from ‘The Remembering Flodden‘ website.

2 Comments CherryPie on Sep 30th 2013

2 Responses to “The Battle of Flodden Why & How by Clive Hallam-Baker”

  1. ubermouth says:

    Any photographs of your adventures there Cherie?

    I did not know you were into battles-or is it just this one? :)

    • CherryPie says:

      There are plenty of photos of my adventures ;-) I got interested in this battle because it is near to where I stay when I am in the area. The border history is very interesting and this battle in paticular.

      I have a post scheduled at Vision & Verb on Thursday, it explains about the battle.