The Anglo-Scots Wars, 1513-1550

The Anglo-Scots Wars, 1513-1550

A Military History

Gervase Phillips


Boydell Press



A survey of warfare between England under Henry VIII and Scotland from the death of James IV, identifying its objectives and accounting for its inconclusive nature.
Military activity was central to Anglo-Scots relations in the first half of the sixteenth century, playing an important role in the formation of the multi-national Tudor state and the process of political union. This book examines both the organisational nature of the two nations' military establishments and provides a detailed operational study of military activity. It challenges notions that the British Isles were peripheral to the trends of mainstream continental warfare through a detailed study of the manner in which both Scottish and English armies demonstrated a commitment to tactical and technological development. The failure of both nations to come up with effective strategies or conclusive successes is addressed, and contributory causes identified. The major engagements at Flodden (1513), Solway Moss (1542) and Pinkie (1547) are examined; attention is also paid to the everyday routines of military activity: garrison duty, chevauchee and siege work.

Dr GERVASE PHILLIPS teaches in the Department of History and Economic History at the Manchester Metropolitan University.


August 1999
5 line illustrations
308 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Warfare in History
ISBN: 9780851157467
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
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A very fine book... apt and scholarly discussion of weaponry, tactics, strategy, organisation and recruitment. JOURNAL OF MILITARY HISTORY (US)

Will be put to good use in future as a standard reference tool for students and historians interested in the minutiae of Anglo-Scottsh warfare. ALBION

Phillips rejects the assumption that a military revolution occurred in early modern Europe. He argues instead that innovations were gradually grafted onto tactics used by late medieval and early modern armed forces... though-provoking. CHOICE

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