Monday 30 October 2017

Anyone know this image?

Found on the web. No idea what it's from but it's interesting. Michael Paradowski reckons it might be from  distincte du jeu du drapeau, de la pique, de la pertuisane...
Stop press! Its from 1673. David Ledoyen found the whole book its here
Deutliche Beschreibung Unterschiedener Fahnen-Lectionen : In Acht Spiel eingetheilet/ Nebst dem Piquen-Spiel/ Pertuisan und halben Piquen/ oder Jägerstock ... / Johann Georg Pascha. - [Electronic ed.]. - Hall in Sachsen : Oelschlegel, [1673]

Cavalry skirmish Sebastian Vrancx

Thursday 26 October 2017

Grolle 2017 by Bob van den Berg

Grolle 2017 photos by Jordi Bru

Jordi Bru photography
By all accounts this siege in the Netherlands was a very successful event. Great news and there was a sizeable contingent from various UK 17thc societies. There's a lot of really good photos. These are by the talented lensman Jordi Bru. I will try to get permissions but if you go on Facebook you'll find plenty. Be nice to think this might be the end to wigwam bam style of pike fighting in the UK. ECW reenactment in the UK needs exposure like this to other ways of doing things - they tend to be a little ossified and this sort of event gives participants a taste of a different flavour. People came from all over Europe and further (one guy came from Florida) and all mixed in and fought safely and convincingly.

Wednesday 25 October 2017

Bespoke felt hats

This company makes an interesting range of 17thc hats.

Monday 23 October 2017

Pike and shot by Snayers

This is a detail of one of his paintings depicting a formation of infantry. Looks impressive.

Peter Snayers Cavalry troop

Here for more

Friday 13 October 2017

Captain of cavalry 1680

Thomas Lucy (1655–1684).
Artist:  Godfrey Kneller.
Year 1680

Thanks to Dimitry for finding this


My Facebook page Thirty years war reenactment is nearly at 1000 likes so I thought I'd promote it a bit. Its covering war between 1600 -1660 so that includes the 80 years war, English Civil war, and of course 30YW. I don't claim to be an expert on this era but there's enough interest for a non-Anglocentric English language site. Simply go on Facebook and search @pikeandshot.

Sunday 8 October 2017

Terezin 2017 photos

Terezin - first photos

This weekend has been the bog Seven Years War event in the Czech Republic. Here is a gallery of some 85 photos hot off the press.

Wednesday 4 October 2017

Marston Moor 1969

Thanks to David Wilton SK for finding this chunk of nostalgia
A second Battle of Marston Moor - a re-enactment of the key battle of the Civil war over three hundred years ago, when the Royalists were routed. The 1969 battle was fought in intense heat and period costume - alas, with the same result. It was all part of the York Festival.

Duke of Monmouth and his Life Guard

At Norton St Philip a couple of years ago.Recreated by the Troop. Photograph by Sue

Monday 2 October 2017

Ralph Mitchard in the local paper

This was an embarassing article, but I was trying to get recruits.

de Slag om Grolle

Only a couple of weeks to what is being described as the largest 17thc event in the world.

Rusty Aldwinckle's Edgehill 2017 photos.

Here. Impressive lens skills coupled with the enthusiasm of the participants combine to make some special photos.

Pretenders 1972 review

I was so pleased that this got DVD release. I was 12 when it first came out and it sparked off a lifetime interest in the Monmouth Rebellion to the extent that I published my own book on the Rebellion The Days of King Monmouth. Hamilton Dyce is excellent as one of the baddies Percy Kirke and the whole series is peppered with eccentric characterizations and all manner of adults who were not nice. There is an element of juvenile horror about it with plague victims and hanging being prevalent. Great to hear them mention Frome. So if you like the Monmouth Rebellion and its lore then this is for you. I am going to stick my neck out and say that the narration style and look of this film was an influence to Kubrick's Barry Lyndon but you'll have to watch it to believe me
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