Hastings, Bosworth Field, Stamford Bridge . . . the bloody battles of England have dramatically changed the course of the country's history. They were scenes of great heroism and also cowardice, of military genius and fatal errors, and are an essential part of England's national heritage.
Here Alfred H Burne, one of the most distinguished authorities on the history of land warfare, brings to life the turbulent and terrible struggles that have shaped this violent history. His superb guide makes it possible for readers to follow the course of thirty-nine landmark battles, from 51AD to 1685, as if they were on the battlefields themselves.
The book includes 50 maps and 17 drawings, detailed analyses of the conflicts and their aftermath, and informed and intelligent commentary on the contradictory statements found in contemporary records, which were often written by scribes who were not present at events - or doctored for political propaganda.