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The Battle of Flodden and its Significance: Conference

5 - 7 July 2013, Northumbria University, Arts & Social Sciences

Monument at Flodden Battlefield, Branxton, Northumberland

Flodden was one of the greatest battles fought on British soil. Deaths, which included that of King James IV and leading Scottish noblemen, amounting to more than 12,000. It was a decisive battle, perhaps more so than Bannockburn, for, although the battles of Solway Moss and Pinkie Cleugh were to follow, there was subsequent to it, little doubt that England, with its greater population and economic resources, was the more formidable military power. Flodden has never had the attention devoted to it that Bannockburn or even Culloden have received and it was only in the early twentieth century that a monument was erected on the battlefield close to Branxton village. 9 September 2013 will be the quincentenary of the battle.

The conference is to be held by the North East of England Historical Institute (NEEHI), a body composed of the history departments of the five North East universities. Bill Purdue (visiting professor in history) is Northumbria’s representative on its committee. This will be a residential conference and lectures and accommodation will be located on the Northumbria campus with the exception that on Saturday 6 July conference attenders will be taken by bus to Lady Waterford Hall at Ford, north Northumberland where there will be two lectures followed by lunch and a visit to the battlefield at Branxton. On the Saturday evening there will be a conference dinner at the Newcastle Assembly Rooms.

The conference will bring together authorities on the battle and its context. We are fortunate in having  David Starkey (Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge),  a major expert on Tudor history, who is well-known from his television appearances, and  Jenny Wormald (Edinburgh University), who is Scotland’s leading expert on the equivalent period of Scottish history as our two key-note speakers. We have contributions from such distinguished academics and leading authorities in their field: Jackson Armstrong (Aberdeen University), Steve Boardman (Edinburgh University), Steven Gunn (Merton College, Oxford University), David Grummitt (Kent University), Tony Pollard (Glasgow University), and Steve Ellis (Galway University).  George Goodwin, author of the forthcoming book on Flodden, Fatal Rivalry, will be the after-dinner speakers at the conference dinner. The battlefield tour will benefit from Tony Pollard’s unrivalled knowledge and from the guidance of Clive Hallam-Baker, a Branxton resident with intimate acquaintance with the landscape of the battle.

In order to provide opportunities for those wishing to attend the lectures or an individual lecture, there are a number of flexible conference fees as well as a composite fee for those attending the whole conference as residents on the Northumbria campus. 

Booking for the conference is now open, please CLICK HERE

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Date posted: April 5, 2012