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ISBN: 9781906566906
Published: 10 Jun 2015
Format: Paperback
Extent: 352
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: John Donald
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About the Book

James IV is the best-known of all the late medieval Scottish rulers. Widely praised by his contemporaries, he combined the qualities of successful medieval monarch with a wide interest in the arts and sciences, while remaining acutely conscious of the need to enhance the prestige of his dynasty throughout Europe. This excellent study examines all aspects of James IV's sovereignty, explains his popularity and his highly successful kingship and assesses reasons for the disastrous end to the reign when the king and a large population of the Scottish nobility were eliminated in a single afternoon in 1513 at Flodden. This book represents Scottish historical research at its very best. It is meticulously researched and sensitively written.


The Author

Norman Macdougall

Norman MacDougall was formerly senior Lecturer in the Department of Scottish History at the University of St Andrews.