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Product Details

  • Series: Campaign (Book 164)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing; y First edition edition (March 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841769800
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841769806
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,454,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Highly visual guides to history's greatest conflicts, detailing the command strategies, tactics, and experiences of the opposing forces throughout each campaign, and concluding with a guide to the battlefields today.

About the Author

Peter Armstrong was educated at Keswick School in Cumbria; he spent some time abroad and at sea before taking a degree in Fine Art at Maidstone College of Art. He worked throughout the 1970s as a Secondary School art teacher in Cumbria. Pete is the sculptor behind Border Miniatures, and his books are the fruit of his many years of modelling experience and research. Pete lives and works in Cumbria, UK.

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I enjoyed the diagrams and charts.
Earl L. Knapp
An excellent interpretation of another battle between the Scots and the English,which occured during the reign of Richard II and during the Hundred Years wars.
Douglas E. Libert
And still, author managed to give of it a really passionating (although rigorously sticking to historical evidence) account.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By oakheart on April 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
_Otterburn 1388_ offers a solid general reference on this border battle between Scottish and English forces during the middle of the Hundred Years War. The section on the battle itself is hampered by a lack of information in the historical record. However, the introductory sections give a thorough background on the border conflict, going all the way back to Stirling Bridge and Falkirk ninety years before. The concluding sections are equally thorough, including a chapter and a map on the battle of Humbleton Hill a decade later involving many of the same combatants. Peter Armstrong does not have the academic credentials of some of the other medieval Osprey authors, such as David Nicolle, yet he covers the material with the detail of a professional in addition to the enthusiasm of a learned amateur.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Douglas E. Libert on April 14, 2008
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An excellent interpretation of another battle between the Scots and the English,which occured during the reign of Richard II and during the Hundred Years wars.Although this battle is never mentioned in studies of the Hundred Years war, it is indeed inseparable from it,because of the Scottish alliance with the French kingdom.About 2500 soldiers on each side and once again the English longbow tactics triumph over the Scottish spear phalange.As always with Osprey publications,excellent maps,pictures,details of armaments,tactics,and strategies. The Scots strategy seems to be to keep English troops tied down to the Isles so that they can't be used against the French on the continent.In addition the Scots hope to give the English a "black eye" by keeping up tension along the border with raids with the hopes that Richard the Second's fragile government will collapse.The Scots succeed at Otterburn,Richard is overthrown,unfortunately,Henry the fourth(who succeeds Richard)proves even a greater scourge to the Scots.King Henry IV corrects some of the mistakes made by the English army at Otterburn.He reorganizes the military districts and sends a few of his more questionable aliies to the block. The Scottish victory at Otterburn is a minor scratch to the English government in the long term.Lots of dramatic artwork also in this book,including a funeral scene of the Scottish Earl of Douglas.You can't help but reaching the conclusion that by 1388 the English had already figured out how to defeat the Scots(even with one English hand behind their back).The Scots in the meantime were still living their glory days of Bannockburn and weren't coming up with anything new to stop the English.Cries of "FREEDOM" ala William Wallace can only take one so far!
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Otterburn 1388 was not a very big battle and in fact it was not much more than an episode in the long story of Scottish plundering expeditions and English punitive raids that took place from XIII to XV centuries.

And still, author managed to give of it a really passionating (although rigorously sticking to historical evidence) account. There is something in Peter Armstrong writing that make me think about Tolkien - if Tolkien was writing about real history. For example, when dealing with the aspect of the battlefield, it is really a "tour de force" to describe the hills, hedges and some old trees in such a way, that the reader is "hooked" even before any actual fighting took place. Once the author moves to describe the leaders of both armies and some of the principal warriors, things got even better. The story is well written, clear and interesting. Maps are good, and the colour plates are strangely appealing, although the style used by Stephen Walsh is usually not my favourite.

I just loved this one - if there is anything more about Scottish wars by Peter Armstrong coming from Osprey, I will buy it with my eyes closed.
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More About the Author

I have been developing rich client applications for over 7 years and have worked with Flex full-time since July 2004, including being part of the team that won the 2006 Adobe MAX Award for RIA/Web Development. Before becoming a Flex developer, I was a Java Swing developer for a Silicon Valley BPM startup. On the Ruby on Rails side, I have been tracking Rails since mid-2005 and am the organizer of The Vancouver Ruby/Rails Meetup group.

I am also a frequent speaker on using Flex and Rails together, including presentations at The Vancouver Flash/Flex Meetup, a RailsConf 2007 BOF, The Vancouver RIA Developer Camp, Rails to Italy in Pisa and acts_as_conference in Florida. I live in the Vancouver, BC area and am the founder of Ruboss Technology Corporation (http://ruboss.com), a software development and consulting company focused on Adobe Flex, Adobe AIR and Ruby on Rails.

When I'm not coding, writing, reading or being a husband and dad, I like to snowboard and play computer games.

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