For the Tudor monarchy, this state of affairs was not at all ideal. Particularly since most of the English nobility (secretly) considered them to be Welsh upstarts. The danger of defection, just as soon as a viable alternative became available, was even higher for them than any other dynasty in Europe.
So Henry VIII began experimenting with something new. It was put into practice at the Battle of Flodden.
It was actually his queen, Catherine of Aragon, who commanded his forces at Flodden, through the Earl of Surrey. Henry was at the helm of a second English army in France. But all of the military tactics originated with him.
Renaissance warfare collected all of the small militia companies into blocks of larger forces. Their lords were placed at the back. Everyone answered to a single commander instead.
Thus it was at Flodden that ranks of commoners faced rows of Scottish nobles. It must have seemed at the start like it would be the English who'd be slaughtered en masse. But one more major insertion turned the traditional leadership, employed by the Scots, into a desperate disadvantage.
The Welsh and English longbows had been destroying armies for over a century. Cannons and muskets had entered the battlefield during the Wars of the Roses. In both cases, they were deadly but inaccurate. There was also a lull after each missile had been fired. It could take up to eight minutes to refill and prime a 16th century cannon.
Renaissance warfare introduced a startling new idea. It arranged the archers in two or more rows, one lower than the others. One row of archers fired, the other crouched down to reload their weapons. At a signal, they swopped places.
Such a strategy unleashed a constant storm of arrows and cannonballs into the oncoming forces. There was no pause in which to dash forward. It was co-ordinated in a straight line. There was no opportunity to dodge out of the way.
Those Scottish nobles leading from the front were the first to die. There was no-one left alive to command the troops, nor sound the retreat. Waves upon waves of untrained commoners merely rushed forward, following their fallen lairds into the slaughter.