Scots army defeat at Flodden blamed on 18ft weapon

tags: Scotland, The Scotsman (UK), Battle of Flodden, Henry VIII



IT WAS one of Scotland’s most catastrophic defeats, a battle that robbed the country of its king and countless lairds.

Now, in the run-up to the 500th anniversary of the battle of Flodden, an expert has blamed the defeat on the Scottish army’s inability to master their weapon of choice: an unwieldy, 18ft pike.

The forces of James IV were destroyed by the English troops of Henry VIII because they were unable to use their long pikes properly and did not have enough time to get used to them, according to military archaeologist Dr Tony Pollard, of Glasgow University....



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