FIRST EBOOK SALE OF MARCH - The Battle of Otford (776)
A much overlooked Dark Age battle brought to life. Fought between the
Kingdom of Mercia and the Kingdom of Kent, this was a surprise victory
for Kent due to careful tactical arrangements.
The battle fought
at Otford in Kent pitched King Egbert II of Kent against a much larger
invading army of Mercians. The invaders sought to outflank the main
Kentish defences at Rochester by crossing the unguarded ford at Otford,
but Egbert got there first and the two armies clashed in the waters of
the River Darent.
The battle was fought between armies that rode
to war, but fought on foot in the typically English battle formation
known as the shield wall. Fighting with spear, sword and shield the
outnumbered men of Kent held the Mercians at the ford, then launched a
carefully judged flank attack that tumbled the enemy back in confusion
and won an unexpected victory against the odds.
In this book
historian Rupert Matthews outlines the reasons for the war and gives
detailed notes on English weaponry and tactics of the time before
describing the events of the battle itself and its aftermath.
About the Author
Matthews has written over 150 books for different publishers, achieving
significant sales in a variety of markets both in the UK and abroad.
His works have been translated into 19 languages and have been
shortlisted for a number of awards. Rupert has been a freelance writer
for 20 years, working in-house at a major book publisher before going
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