Editors. "James IV of Scotland declares war against England". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2010
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The French and the Scots had a longstanding 'Auld Alliance' against their common enemy. With the departure of the English army, headed by their king Henry VIII, to France, James IV of Scotland seized his opportunity to declare war on England.