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Monday 26 February 2018
Friday 23 February 2018
Wednesday 21 February 2018
Monday 19 February 2018
Sunday 18 February 2018
Friday 16 February 2018
Thursday 15 February 2018
For the 17th century Bruno Mugnai is one of the best artists there is so I was very interested in his news of a new series of books for the period 1658-1687 published by Helion. This should be useful for readers of this blog so I quote Bruno.
'In the next month I am going to start the first part of a new project that will keep me engaged for a while. The series has the provisional title 'Armies of the Grand Siècle', and focuses on the period 1658-1687. These are the years of the dawn of the uniform, but they are also the less investigated in Military History. Several Romantic or Modern reconstructions codify the soldier of this age in an unrealistic and repetitive manner, while this was a period very complex and full of innovation, both for clothing and war equipment.
As Netherlands will be followed - obviously - by the French Army, then Spain and Portugal, Habsburg Austria, German States, Sweden, Denmark and others, including the Italian 'earth pots' such as Genoa, Tuscany, Papal States, Mantua, Parma, Modena, the Knights of Malta and Lucca, which will be included with the two 'major powers' Piedmont-Savoy and Venice.
Occasionally, I will publish something about the progress of the work and if the contributions will be in significant numbers, I will open a FB page devoted to this project.
Here you find a preview of the French mousquetaire of 1660, reconstructed after the drawings of Mallet and Marbot, '
Thursday 8 February 2018
Tuesday 6 February 2018
Friday 2 February 2018
Hey for Old Robin!: The Campaigns And Armies Of The Earl Of Essex During The First Civil War, 1642-44 (Century of the Soldier)
Words like sumptuous and exhaustive come to mind. Sections on the clothing, campaigns, general history, weaponry - no stone is left unturned in presenting a comprehensive analysis of the Roundheads of the early Civil War. Pleasing maps and colour plates pepper the work as well as useful photos of the sites involved in the conflict.
Of particular interest to me is the disastrous Lostwithiel campaign in the West which saw the army surrendering and being disarmed and plundered by the local population.
Of course there is a chapter on the early life of Robert Devereux which then is followed by the Edgehill campaign. All the campaigns of the early Civil War are covered in great detail alongside the other luminaries of Essex's army.
In short if you have an interest of the Earl of Essex's army whether for local history, wargames or general interest this is the book to suit.