Today marks the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden Field, one of Britain's bloodiest battles and the last in which a monarch died on a British battlefield.
This quincentenery has sparked interest and debate both in the wealth of new books on the subject and the variety of events that have taken place across the UK over the last year or so hosted under the umbrella of flodden 500, flodden 1513 and the battlefields trust.
It is intriguing to have a read over some of the original transcripts which relate to the battle, have a look at the entries from letters and papers of September 1513;
It is interesting to note aspects such as;
- the discipline of the scots advance made in silence 'in the manner of the Almayns (Landsknechts)' down the slopes.
- King James being slain within a 'spears length' of Surrey.
- the looting of the border horse.
- the observation that many more would have died had the English been horsed.
- the scots moving camp under smokescreen prior to the battle.
Here are a few select articles covering today's commemorations;