500 years ago, English and Scottish armies fought a massive battle near Flodden on the border. The Scottish king, James IV was killed along with many of his nobles. The English king, Henry VIII was fighting in France with most of his best troops and equipment, and was somewhat disappointed to miss this most spectacular English military victory for a century. By explaining how the events of 9 September 1513 came about, this talk will investigate the significance of this battle in the long history of conflict between England and Scotland.
Dr Sean Cunningham has worked in the medieval and early modern records team at The National Archives for 17 years. He has researched the late medieval and early Tudor periods in detail and is especially interested in the medieval north of England and the reign of Henry VII.
Sponsored by the Friends of The National Archives.