A gripping new book about the Battle of Brighton, fought as part of the Hundred Years War in 1377, written by historian Leonard James, has been released today by Bretwalda Books as a printed book and ebook.
The Battle of Northampton, fought in 1460, was the key battle in the early stages of the Wars of the Roses.
In 1377 a powerful French fleet landed an army on the beach at Brighton - then a small fishing village known as Brighthelmstone. The village went up in flames and the French stormed inland to loot, plunder, murder and rape. The local militia mustered at Lewes under local knights and set out to attack the French and exact revenge. The climatic battle was fought just to the east of the modern town centre, with part of the battlefield on the open downs near Rottingdean which have changed little since 1377 allowing the course of the fighting to be traced on the ground.
This book brings an exciting new look to the Hundred Years Wars. The course of the campaign is given, but the emphasis is on the Battle of Brighton and the men who fought there. There are detailed analyses of weapons, tactics and strategies, tactical diagrams explain how the troops formed up and moved, and a study of the commanders. The course of the battle is followed with the aid of maps, relating to the ground today. The aftermath of the battle, its effects and importance to the progress of the war are then described.
Author Leonard James says “I was delighted to write this book as I have long had an interest in the of the Hundred Years War, and like many people remember Brighton fondly from family day trips when I was a kid. By walking the battlefield (the precise site of which I think I have now identified) I was able to gain a unique insight into the course of the action, while handling replica weapons and armour has allowed me to gain new respect for the men who fought here.”
About the Author
Leonard James is an author of military books. He comes from a military family that has fought in every major war since at least the Crimean War, and probably before that. His forebears were mostly cavalrymen, though his father served in the RAF. Leonard has made a particular study of battlefields in Britain, walking over dozens of them to get an eye for ground. He has also handled genuine and replica weapons to better understand the use of pre-modern weapons and the men who wielded them.
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About the Book
Title: The Battle of Brighton 1377
Author Leonard James
ISBN print 978-1-909698-88-8
Publisher Bretwalda Books