Blood in the borders

Very short post this one: a reminder that the United Kingdom hasn’t always been so, and may not be so again. History’s a bloody, messy thing and today’s a day to remember that. It’s the 499th anniversary of the battle of Flodden Field, where the Scots king James IV took on the forces of Henry VIII of England and lost. Horribly.

Others can tell of the battle better than I can and, if you’re interested in finding out more, I suggest you start out here. However, for those who like their history to be of the oral kind, there’s a song too: Child Ballad no. 168 which tells the story pretty well. Here it is, sung by Alison O’Donnell with The Owl Service.

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