Flodden: The Largest Battle Ever Fought Between Medieval England And Scotland

Largest Battle Ever Fought

The Battle of Flodden was a brutal defeat by The Kingdom of England against The Kingdom of Scotland. It was essentially a retaliation for King Henry VIII‘s invasion of France in May 1513. The invasion provoked the French King Louis XII to invoke the terms of the Auld Alliance, a defensive alliance between France and Scotland to deter England from invading either country, with a treaty that stipulated that if either country was invaded by England the other country would invade England in retaliation. The Scottish still remember the Battle of Flodden today with the haunting ballad and pipe tune “The Flowers of the Forest”. Written 300 years after Flodden, the lyrics are written to commemorate the fallen Scots.

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