Saturday, 16 June 2018

The Battle of the White Mountain and the Bohemian Revolt, 1618-1622 Laurence Spring

This came this morning and I am already enjoying it. Such an interesting battle - all manner of troops present including plenty of Brits - the battle is a who's who of 17thc military history.
Review to come

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Memmingen Cuirrassier Wallenstein fest.

I know my Pappenheimers

War Walks: Battle of Bridport 14 June 1685

June 14, 1685 #otd Monmouth's forces fought their first battle with the Royal Militia at Bridport in Dorset. His foot accounted for themselves very well, although his Horse need more stomach and training. Col. Venner was wounded in the fight
Read an account of this first Battle here:

Naseby Day

Cromwell at Naseby by Charles Landseer
Today is the anniversary of this decisive battle

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Warwalks - Monmouth Rebellion history

This is an impressive webpage of history from Steve Carter. It is still being updated but it has plenty to read for the Monmouth fans among you. Recommended. It focusses on William Savage and his view on the Rebellion.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Charles Landseer - The Eve of the Battle of Edge Hill, 1642

Not a huge fan of Victorian paintings but this one is good

Monday, 11 June 2018


Just in case you don't don't know what Stow-on-the-Wold is like, Tourist destination now. 

The Last Army: The Battle of Stow-on-the-Wold and the end of the Civil War in the Welsh Marches 1646 (Century of the Soldier) Paperback – 15 May 2018 by John Barratt

I have had my nose in this one for the last few days. I like reading Civil War campaigns especially when you have a slight knowledge of the geography of the area. There is also the appeal of the lost cause and John Barratt is a historian well versed in the history of the Cavalier cause.  Stubborn and loyal Jacob Astley and his small army and the last campaign of the First Civil War are the focus of this book showing the background to the battle of Stow-on-the-Wold. Bruno Mugnai the talented 17thc specialist has provided some colour plates that are of great interest and there are flag reconstructions by Dr Lesley Prince and some line drawings by Alan Turton.  A fine addition to anyone's Civil War collection with a talented array contributing. Ideal if you want to revisit some of the scenes described too.
Jacob Astley, 1st Baron Astley of Reading (1579 – February 1652) 

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Dixon Grand Alliance 25mm

On the 17th century wargames Facebook page we were enthusing about these vintage but still good figures for the Monmouth Rebellion and the 1690s. They were produced about 1988 sculpted by Mark Copplestone and were quite a revelation for us late 17thc fans. Here's a blog review from I live with cats and one of painted Sedgemoor troops from Ray on his Don't throw a One blog
Buy the range here

Monday, 4 June 2018

Newbury anniversary Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June 11am – 5pm

Experience the thrill of cavalry in action, musket and artillery fire, and the clash of pikes at a re-enactment of the First Battle of Newbury with the English Civil War Society.
Infantry, cavalry and artillery displays will take place each morning prior to the main battle in the afternoons.  There will also be Living History displays showing active demonstrations of seventeenth century crafts and activities, as well as Parliament’s artillery battery.
For more information please visit
Advance tickets (£5 adults, £10 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children) are available from Budgens, West Berks Museum, Newbury Building Society and Tesco (Pinchington Lane).
Admission £6 Adults, £2 for children (age 5-15) or £14 Family on the day.
Before the battle, a ceremony will be held on 2 June 2018 at the junction of the Andover Road with Essex St, at the memorial to the 2nd Viscount Falkland, who was killed in the First Battle of Newbury. The Mayor of Newbury will lay a wreath at the ceremony, which is by kind permission of Newbury Town Council. Guards of Honour will provide a salute.

Der Hohenfriedberger

Hohenfriedberger Marsch", is one of the most classic and well known German military marches. It takes its name from the victory of the Prussians over the allied Austrians and Saxons on June 4, 1745 during the Second Silesian War at the Battle of Hohenfriedberg, near Striegau.
There are many legends surrounding the origins of the march. Supposedly, the Bayreuther dragoon regiment, which was crucial in securing a Prussian victory, reported to its quarters the day after the battle while the march was played. Whether the march was actually played then is just as questionable as the claim that Frederick II of Prussia was the composer of the piece. (The melody appears to be largely derived from The Pappenheimer March, which dates from the early-17th century.) It is understood that the king issued to the Bayreuther dragoon regiment a "Gnadenbrief", or letter of grace, that authorized it to play both grenadier marches of the foot soldiers (with flutes and drums) and the cuirassier marches of the cavalry (with kettledrums and trumpet fanfare).

Sunday, 3 June 2018

11th June Monmouth lands at Lyme

It's a good time to buy my booklet The Days Of King Monmouth which charts the activity in Somerset in that fateful summer.