Flodden 1513

10 March 2013

September 2013 will mark the quincentenary of the Battle of Flodden, where English forces under the Earl of Surrey defeated a Scottish army commanded by King James IV, who was killed - the last British monarch to be slain in battle.


The College of Arms is privileged to hold certain artefacts possessing a historic association with Flodden, namely a sword, dagger and ring purportedly taken from the body of the slain King of Scots at the time of the battle and subsequently given to the College by the Duke of Norfolk, descendant of the Earl of Surrey, in 1681. The reliability of that association has, however, long been questioned. Expert opinion has often been sought on the style and date of the objects; in February 2013, in commemoration of the forthcoming anniversary of the battle, and in the hope of learning more about the items in its custody, the College commissioned a new report on them from a leading Scottish expert on arms and armour. Read more about the items and see a copy of the report itself here.

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