Cries of Battle explores war and conflict in Northumberland and Durham from the Celtic age to modern times. Rebellion, feud and civil disorder have smouldered and crackled across the North, destroying powerful families and local communities alike. Derek Dodds reconstructs these epic struggles, setting them in the context of their tumultuous times and recalling the human bravery and frailty that influenced their outcome. His account is based on the latest research and is illustrated with maps and over 100 illustrations. He also provides uptodate information on the battlegrounds so that readers can see for themselves the evocative sites where these clashes of arms took place.
Derek Dodds has long been fascinated by the local and military history of northern England. In addition to his work for museums and art galleries in the area, he has published Curiosities of County Durham and Portrait of Jarrow and Hebburn. In the process of researching this book, he has visited and photographed the sites of all the famous battles that were fought in the region.