Saturday, 9 September 2017

The Army Of James II, 1685-1688: The Birth Of The British Army (Century of the Soldier) Stephen Ede -Borrett

A long-awaited treatment. Was it worth the wait? I think so. The author has been researching the army of James II since the 80s so I think it would be safe to say this is a labour of love. It has all manner of approaches - eye witnesses, deserter descriptions, period engravings and packaged with some charming watercolours by Mark Allen whose style you'll recognise from his articles in Wargames Illustrated in the 90s. There's even some reconstructed dragoons photographed. Flags are reproduced as well as some interesting paintings in colour including one I didn't know of an officer in the Earl of Bath's regiment.  In short if you have an interest in James II's army this is the one book you'll need. It's a compendium of information on this important period in the development of the standing army in Britain. Highy recommended.

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