Saturday 13 July 2024

Roundway Down


Battle of Roundway Down(7-13-1643) diorama @Frazier museum… | Leon Kay Flickr

Today's anniversary is this battle near Devizes. Read about it here

Friday 12 July 2024

Boufflers-Wallon 1721

 By Jacques-Antoine Delaistre

Garde Suisses 1721

 Pics Musée de l'Armée

Swiss Guard ensign in 1721

 There are some great images from the 1720s. 

Thursday 11 July 2024

Oudenarde 1708


Today's anniversary. Here

The English Civil War: Myth, Legend and Popular Memory

 By Charles Esdaile. Looks interesting.

Cavaliers and Roundheads are figures who appear in hundreds of English ghost stories. In this innovative account, Charles Esdaile argues that such tales are in reality folk memories of an episode of English history that was second only to the Black Death in terms of individual and collective suffering alike, and, further, that they reveal important truths about the way in which the conflict was represented: it is no surprise, then, to find that spectral Cavaliers are often romantic figures and revenant Roundheads grim ones full of menace. Yet, the book is no mere catalogue. On the contrary, rather than being discussed in a vacuum, the tales of haunting are rather set within a detailed regional history of the conflicts of 1642-1651 of a sort that has never yet been attempted, but is, for all that, badly needed.

Wednesday 10 July 2024

Langport 1645

 Today's anniversary. From the wiki

Following its previous success at Naseby in June, in the Battle of Langport the New Model Army under Sir Thomas Fairfax destroyed the last Royalist field army, led by Lord Goring. This Parliamentarian victory allowed them to besiege the Royalist port of Bristol, which surrendered in September.

Royalist commander George Lord Goring.