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An Antidote to the English

‘An Antidote to the English’: The Auld Alliance, 1295-1560
Norman Macdougall
The Scottish History Matters series

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Subject: Scottish History
demy octavo
Illustrated – 12 page b/w section
178 pages
ISBN: 1 86232 145 0
Paperback £9.99

A new series of balanced, judicious accounts of major events in Scottish history
Aimed at a general audience and invaluable for students
A user-friendly approach with the best of contemporary scholarship

The ‘Auld Alliance’ originated as an offensive and defensive treaty made by John, King of Scots, and Philip IV of France, directed against Edward I of England, in 1295-6. Remarkably, this original treaty of Paris/Dunfermline was frequently renewed throughout the course of the next two-and-a-half centuries, becoming latterly a cornerstone of Scottish foreign policy. Combining narrative and analysis, this book covers the uncertain beginnings of the Alliance, moving on to the major military commitment of the Scots to the French side in the Hundred Years’ War (1337-1453) with England, the subsequent settlement of Scots in France in the fifteenth century, the close naval and military links between James IV and Louis XII of France in the early sixteenth century, and the climax and end of the Alliance following the marriage of Francis II of France to Mary, Queen of Scots (1558).

Author: Norman Macdougall was Senior Lecturer in Scottish History at the University of St Andrews. His previous publications include the highly successful James IV, and he is editor of the Stewart Dynasty in Scotland series.