After Flodden

By Rosemary Goring

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Based around the battle of Flodden, this racy adventure follows the life of several characters who either had a hand in bringing the country to war, or were deeply affected by the outcome, combining political intrigue and romance.

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Birlinn Limited

Birlinn publishes mostly non-fiction books, ranging from biography to history, military history and Scottish interest. Their imprints, Polygon Books, Arena Sport Books and John Donald Books, publish a wide variety of genres including culture, literary fiction, poetry and sports.

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Patrick Paniter was James IV's right-hand man, a diplomatic genius who was in charge of the guns at the disastrous battle of Flodden in September 1513 in which the English annihilated the Scots. After the death of his king he is tormented by guilt as he relives the events that led to war. When Louise Brenier, daughter of a rogue sea trader, asks his help in finding out if her brother Benoit was killed in action, it is the least he can do to salve his conscience. Not satisfied with the news he brings, Louise sets off to find out the truth herself, and swiftly falls foul of one of the lawless clans that rule the ungovernable borderlands. After Flodden is a novel about the consequences of the battle of Flodden, as seen through the eyes of several characters who either had a hand in bringing the country to war, or were profoundly affected by the outcome. There have been very few novels about Flodden, despite its significance,and none from this perspective.

It's a racy adventure, combining political intrigue and romance, and its readership will be anyone who loves historical fiction, or is interested in the history of Scotland and the turbulent, ungovernable borderlands between Scotland and England.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 6 Feb 2014
SKU 9781846972836-grouped
Number of Pages 336

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'A highly readable tale that beautifully evokes the chaos in the aftermath of the disastrous battle'

'A well-crafted tale which drives forward with unremitting pace'

 'very good indeed, and hugely enjoyable'

 'A compelling story that weaves deftly amongst historical fact and fiction'

'A fast-paced adventure story that will delight fans of the genre' - 

'An epic adventure on a grand scale ... by combining fact with fiction, the author has skilfully merged the thrill of conspiracy with a touch of romance ... the sights, sounds and smells of sixteenth century Scotland are impressively reproduced'

'A swashbuckling tale in the best tradition of adventure fiction ... charged with melancholy and menace'

'[A] beautiful and highly acclaimed debut novel'

'Goring has a fine story to tell, a keen sense of place, and the ability to evoke mood. It's a compelling and gripping novel' 

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