Flodden , September 1513. Across a boggy valley, two armies confront each other. The Scots, backed by European allies, have superior numbers and the latest cannon to challenge a depleted English force. The English are furious and humiliated that they are not fighting alongside King Henry against their real enemy in France. The Battle of Flodden would prove one of the bloodiest ever fought on British soil, shaping Scottish national identity to this day. Sir Thomas Howard, shrewd but ancient, leads the English forces. Alexander, 3rd Lord Hume, bold but impetuous, leads the Scots. Isabella Hoppringle, Abbess of Coldstream, young and determined, struggles to keep her footing among the tides of violence. John Heron, Bastard of Ford, swaggering, violent, and disreputable, the black sheep of a good English family, finds profit while men die. Blood Divide sets us right at the heart of the action; the stink, sweat and fear, the curtain of red mist.
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About the Author
John Sadler is a very experienced miliary historian, a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and the author of more than two dozen books. He is a very experienced and much travelled battlefield tour guide covering most major conflicts in the UK, Europe and North Africa
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Copy received from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for an honest review First, I have to make a couple of confessions. One I'm still a newbie to the historical fiction community so the The Battle of Flodden was new to me. I had a little bit of a hard time wrapping my mind around what the battler meant and how it fit in Scottish and English history. Although I knew of the contentious relationship between England and Scotland this story really gave me a very well rounded understanding. One I did that I really began to enjoy the story. Isabella was a fantastic character. I really enjoyed reading about her and she added to an already enjoyable story. I don't know why I didn't expect the vivid descriptions in the story, they took me a little by surprise but it made the scenes all that much more realistic. I also wasn't expecting the cliffhanger ending but I really liked it. The Tudors are always fascinating to read about and Henry VIII is never boring. Sadler really showed is blood thirsty side in this story. The difficulties of establishing political relations, the very fragile line of death and triumph .