Tuesday 31 May 2016

Sedgemoor painting

This is interesting. A painting purportedly of Sedgemoor on an auction page.

Saturday 28 May 2016

The Massacre of Glencoe 1971

British movie starring James Robertson Justice on the massacre in the 1690s. Thanks to Matt Stephen

Late 17thc coat

If you are getting ready for the reenactment of Sedgemoor in late July then this coat is worth looking at. It was found in a peat bog. There is a detailed description here

Monday 23 May 2016


This movie has been impressing the critics at Cannes. 

1706 - Battle of Ramillies

Today's anniversary.
From here

Engraving by J Pass after Godefroy, published 1797.
In 1706 King Louis XIV of France wanted to avenge the defeats inflicted on him in 1704 by the Grand Alliance during the War of the Spanish Succession (1702-1713). Marshal Villeroi was therefore pushed into leaving the safety of the lines of Brabant and crossed the River Dyle with 60,000 men. On 23 May 1706, the Duke of Marlborough attacked him at Ramillies. Marlborough put pressure on the enemy left wing, causing the French to reinforce it with troops from their centre and right. He then shifted his reserves to the right. After a close-fought cavalry battle, in which Marlborough himself led a counter-charge, the French were routed. They lost 18,000 men to Marlborough's 3,600. The victory enabled Marlborough to drive the French from almost the whole of the Spanish Netherlands.

Sunday 22 May 2016

Mattias Manske handmade Toy Soldiers 40mm

40mm - prussian rgt. Werner,No. 6, attacking successfully at Reichenbach 1762
This is an impressive project I only just heard about. Website here
It says
 Bound to the tradition of the former strong-hold of tin figures, Nuremberg, our manufactory produces completely handmade toy soldiers made from pewter in the size of 40mm eye-level (plus headgear) for the SYW (Seven Years War) and AWI (American War of Independence). Not only two types have exactly the same posture!

Friday 20 May 2016

Barry Lyndon

Never seen this at the cinema - maybe one day. Here's a still or two from one of my favourite scenes.

Today's anniversary

1631 – The city of Magdeburg in Germany is seized by forces of the Holy Roman Empire and most of its inhabitants massacred, in one of the bloodiest incidents of the Thirty Years' War.

Thursday 19 May 2016

Wednesday 18 May 2016

Departure of Soldiers to a Battle

From here

Originally, this unsigned wash drawing of soldiers leaving for battle was attributed to Johann-Philipp Lembke, but it is now considered to be the work of Jacques Courtois (1621-76). Courtois was a French painter who lived most of his life in Italy; he is also known as Il Borgognone. Following his training as an artist, Courtois served in the French military. He is widely recognized for his depictions of battles, often done in wash drawing. This style, which is produced by applying a series of monochrome washes over a pen or pencil outline, was very popular with 17th-century landscape painters. The pen defines the image, while the washes provide depth. The drawing is from the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection at the Brown University Library, the foremost American collection devoted to the history and iconography of soldiers and soldiering, and one of the world’s largest collections devoted to the study of military and naval uniforms.

Monday 16 May 2016

Oliver Cromwell at the Battle of Worcester

Sir Jacob Astely's posted this on their FB page - never seen it before.

English: Painting of Oliver Cromwell and his officers at the Battle of Worcester (3 September 1651).
Date 17th century

The departure of Charles II from Scheveningen, 1660

Hendrick de Meijer (fl. 1640–1689) - www.geheugenvannederland.nl

Saturday 14 May 2016

Monmouth Rebellion book

I've reprinted my day-to-day guide to the Monmouth Rebellion with more colour photos and images. Get it from here
Review here

Friday 13 May 2016

La Maison du Roy by Gabriel Mendella

 Amazing craftmanship from Mr Mendella.

The exhibition “La Maison du Roi”, shown with great attendance from 4 December 2015 to 6 February 2016 at the National Archives of Milan, reconstructs the opulence of the dress attire of the guards of the kings of France, from Louis XIV to the Revolution, with absolute authenticity – based on archival research

Wednesday 11 May 2016

Fontenoy book

Tomás Ó Brógáin's Photos

As it's Fontenoy day today I thought I'd feature some Irish reenactors. Here's a really good gallery of images and paintings.

Tuesday 10 May 2016

Sealed Knot in 1970

Great piece on Legatus Hedlius' blog From Matchlock to Doglock on the SK from Mayfair magazine in 1970 discussing the formation and rules and so on. Recommended.

Der vollkommene teutsche Soldat, 1727

Sunday 8 May 2016

The Seven Years War in Europe: 1756-1763 Franz A.J. Szabo

 This book has got the thumbs up from people on my Seven Years War Living History FB page. It's a fresh non-Frederician take on the war.

In this pioneering new work, based on a thorough re-reading of primary sources and new research in the Austrian State Archives, Franz Szabo presents a fascinating reassessment of the continental war.
Professor Szabo challenges the well-established myth that the Seven Years War was won through the military skill and tenacity of the King of Prussia, often styled Frederick “the Great”. Instead he argues that Prussia did not win, but merely survived the Seven Years War and did so despite and not because of the actions and decisions of its king.
With balanced attention to all the major participants and to all conflict zones on the European continent, the book describes the strategies and tactics of the military leaders on all sides, analyzes the major battles of the war and illuminates the diplomatic, political and financial aspects of the conflict. 

Friday 6 May 2016

Battle of Prague (1757)

Today's anniversary. Wiki here.

Thursday 5 May 2016

Sir Arthur Haselrig's Regiment of Horse: The Lobsters

Photo Bolsover EH.
When I posted about this group a few weeks ago I was shocked by how many people saw it. 387 to date.  Now they have a Facebook page, Lots of images to peruse.

Wednesday 4 May 2016

SOHO - The Pitchfork Rebellion. With Chris Harris and David Foot.

Documentary of the Battle of Sedgemoor 6th July 1685. Features Westonzoyland and Bridgwater. Produced by HTV West in 1985. Featuring the Sealed Knot society. And David Chandler

Rider 1695

From here

Sedgemoor video

Go to the Zoyland Heritage Fund page scroll down to a link that says Battle Video and there's an impressive little film of the Battle of Sedgemoor.

Tuesday 3 May 2016

The public page of Colonel Nicholas Devereux's Regiment of Foot

Devereux's my old ECW regiment has a new FB presence  - Facebook page here. 
Next event they're doing is the late May Bank Holiday at St Fagan's.
The Regiment this weekend at Bolsover
Welcome to the public page of Colonel Nicholas Devereux's Regiment of foot. We are a 'progressive' re enactment group based within the Roundhead Association (RA), part of the English Civil War Society (ECWS).
The original regiment fought for the Parliamentary cause, in the Cotswolds and surrounding areas. Today's regiment is based principally throughout the West Midlands, along the Welsh Marches and across the South West.

Monday 2 May 2016