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By Clive Kristen

This selection of nearby conflict tales is dropped at you as an book in particular formatted by means of Andrews united kingdom for cutting-edge eReaders. during this first ebook of the 'Battle Trails' sequence, well known nearby author Clive Kristen turns his hand to an exam of the battles that formed Northumbria and past.

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English casualties were light. The battle is still recalled as one of the most humiliating defeats in Scottish history. Berwick was to surrender almost immediately. King Edward took hostages from the most eminent families as insurance against the future loyalty of the town to the English crown. The victory also meant that Edward III was now master of southern Scotland. The novel tactical use of the archers was also to have a farreaching effect. Edward was so delighted with this success that it was incorporated into the battle plan for Crecy - arguably England’s greatest ever military success against the French.

In AD 367 the wall was breached and Corstopitum fell to a combined force of Picts, Saxons, Scots and Attecotti. This, which was part of a concerted attack on the northern corner of the Roman Empire, had been made possible by the treachery of a native frontier force known as the Arcani. The chequered career of King Ethelred I of Northumbria came to a permanent end at Corbridge. Ethelred had been expelled from his throne in AD 779, had recovered it, but was murdered at Corbridge in AD 796. There is no doubt that this was made possible by a conspiracy of his nobles.

The story may be improbable, although it is recorded that Chatelaine Heron was a remarkably beautiful woman... There is an inscription in the ‘King’s Room’ in the King’s Tower, to the west of the main building, that reads : King James ye 4th. of Scotland did lye here at Ford Castle AD 1513. This perhaps only proves that people should not believe what they read - even if it is written in stone. One thing we know for certain is that when the soldiers left Ford on the fateful road to Flodden Field, King James left instructions that the castle should be razed to the ground.

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