(Review) Blood Divide: A Novel of Flodden Field by John Sadler
Publisher: Lion Fiction.
Genre: Historical Fiction, Battle of Flodden Field, British History.
Source: Free copy from Lion Fiction in exchange for a review.
Rating: 4 stars for very good.
Book is available @ Amazon.
The Battle of Flodden Hill was originally called the Battle of Branxton.
The battle was between Scotland and England.
James IV was king of Scotland.
Henry VIII was king of England.
The battle was on September 9, 1513, in the county of Northumberland, England.
An "Auld-Alliance" was between Scotland and France. England was at war with France. Henry VIII was in France when the Battle of Flodden Hill took place. Thomas Howard, Earl of Surrey was in charge of the English army.
My favorite point in Blood Divide is the use of several narrators. The narrators are English, Scottish, men, and women. I felt this added an expanse to the story, and it gave a variety of personalities and perspectives.
The battle scenes, including hospital scenes are realistic and graphic.
The different combat devices used in battle during this period are depicted and explained in story.
I loved reading about herbs and medical practices used for treating the wounded.
I love it when authors bring in human mannerisms. For example: characters who do not hear well and lean in to the other person. This is a minor point for some readers but I enjoy this. Characters have a voice, feelings, and often thoughts, but body language gives an additional human quality and realism.
John Sadler is a very experienced military historian, a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and the author of more than two dozen books. He is a very experienced and much travelled battlefield tour guide covering most major conflicts in the UK, Europe and North Africa.
Additional links of interest:
Battle of Flodden Field, from England's Northeast.
Battle of Flodden Field, from Scotland's History.
War of the League of Cambrai: Battle of Flodden, from Military History.
Battle of Flodden Field, from UK Battlefield Trust. This is one of my favorite resources.