Have become interested in this subject. See more here Victory Tapestries of John Churchill
Monday, 31 May 2021
Friday, 28 May 2021
Wednesday, 26 May 2021
Lost Children (Czech: Ztracenci) is a 1956 Czechoslovak historical drama anti-war film directed by Miloš Makovec and based on Jiří Brdečka's adaptation of a short story by Alois Jirásek. The film was screened in the main competition section of the 1957 Cannes Film Festival. Wiki where there is plot etc.
This is one of the very few depictions of a Marlburian soldier. It is by Laroon the younger. He joined the army in 1707 and was in many theatres.
Marcellus Laroon (1679-1772): Execution of Deserters in Flanders
Ink on paper, 1707, titled and dated at bottom, with label from the Paul Mellon Foundation for British Art, London.
Monday, 24 May 2021
Sunday, 23 May 2021
Now Munmouth had in his Army 300 Sithers, armd with Sithes, pistols sticking in at their Girdles, and brod sords, in wast belts,63here
Friday, 21 May 2021
|Taylor's drawing of a scytheman from two years after Sedgemoor|
JOHN TAYLOR’S ACCOUNT OF MONMOUTH’S REBELLION AND THE BATTLE OF SEDGEMOOR, 6 JULY 1685 edited by John Childs
John Taylor, a mathematics teacher, enrolled as a gentleman volunteer in the newly-created Queen Consort’s Regiment of Horse on 20 June 1685. Five days later, the unit left London to reinforce the Earl of Feversham’s corps which was operating in Somerset against the Duke of Monmouth’s insurrection. Between 1688 and 1689, Taylor recorded his martial experiences in pp 81–97 of ‘Taylor’s History of His Life and Travels’ (National Library of Jamaica, Kingston, MS 105). This is transcribed below, extensively annotated. Although too late to experience action, Taylor spoke to combatants and visited the Sedgemoor battlefield on 6 or 7 July. This previously unnoticed narrative provides additional detail and some new perspectives on, inter alia, the internal organisation of the rival forces; the identification of Anton Buys; the social activities of royal infantry officers on the night of Sedgemoor; the impact of alcoholic intoxication upon the battle; the tactical roles, equipment, and articulation of Monmouth’s scythemen; and the importance of Tangier veterans.
Thursday, 20 May 2021
In 1734, during the War of Polish Succession, the Spanish army under Charles of Bourbon and the Duke of Montemar defeated the Austrians under Giuseppe Antonio, Prince of Belmonte at the Battle of Bitonto, thus securing possession of the Kingdom of Naples for the Bourbons.
Wednesday, 19 May 2021
Tuesday, 18 May 2021
Monday, 17 May 2021
Mark has quite a collection of 1685 miniatures mostly from Front Rank. The purple lined red coat is in the line of new research in Steve Carter's book Fighting for Liberty. He quoted in the book 'Mr Hewling, the son of Benjamin Hewling mercht. In Colman Street went from Utrecht on Thursday morning for Amsterdam. It is he who tooke care of the making the purple coats, lined with red, for the souldiers that shall be imployed in the Rebells service.'
|Owen (centre) in a red faced purple coat. We never knew whether red lined purple meant red, lined purple or purple lined red|
Friday, 14 May 2021
Wednesday, 12 May 2021
Tuesday, 11 May 2021
This is a fascinating read that should be of interest to anyone interested in the Parliamentary forces of the British Civil Wars and their deployment on the international stage.
The first part deals with the diplomacy and foreign policy decisions that led to the largest force to date to leave the English shores. The next chapter deals with the various mostly infantry regiments in the army. Under Robert Venables and manned by Civil War veterans the first target was Hispaniola. Primary sources are used throughout to really explore the campaigns from all sides. The next chapter deals with the Navy. The rest of the book is taken up with the events as they unfolded with letters and testaments to add depth and colour. Barbados was the stepping stone for the attack on Spanish territories. The disasters that follow are explored in depth. Venables in his over-confidence botched the attack on Hispaniola which is examined from all aspects. The next stage was an attack on Jamaica which was seen as a softer target. Of course the army fell victim to the illness and attrition associated with the West Indies at this time. On Jamaica the attackers were duped by the Spaniards during the capitulation negotiations which left them vulnerable and starving 5,000 miles from home. Death and disease descended on the force. Venables abandoned the remnants of his army and returned to England to face the music. A really interesting read which will leave you looking forward to Volume 2.
Sunday, 2 May 2021
Saturday, 1 May 2021
Artwork from Giorgio Albertini for Pierre-Louis Coudray's forthcoming title on the Irish Brigade. Depicted are soldiers of the regiments Fitzjames, Bulkeley, Clare, Dillon, Berwick, and Rooth during the era of the Seven Years War. The book is still a few months away from release, but you can register interest via the Helion and Company Publishing website: https://www.helion.co.uk/.../more-furies-than-men-the...