Event near me in 1645. Can't find out much about it. New Model Army in the West BCW project
|Bath in 1610 by John Speed|
Before Napoleon’s Marshals, Louis XIV had his own collection of larger than life personalities to bring him victory, René Chartrand tells us about them.
Thanks to Elliott for this.
Comprehensive and absorbing guide to the early Tudor military
I thoroughly enjoyed this and would recommend it to anyone interested in the military aspects of the early Tudors and their forces. The book starts at Bosworth and ends in the reign of Mary and Philip. Davies has his own thoughts about the military revolution and puts forward some convincing ideas about the English perspective of this era. The book starts off with a history of the various campaigns in categories like Rebellion, Conflict with Scotland and Wars with France. Then the book focusses on the armies and its constituent parts such as cavalry, artillery, bow and gun, pikes, and so forth. All of the various battles are covered including Flodden, the Battle of the Spurs, Pinkie and many more. There is a good section on Fortifying the Realm about the Device forts built by Henry VIII along the South coast. One of my favourite chapters is an analysis of the Cowdray House engravings. These detailed pictures are reprinted and examined. The author likens them to the Bayeux tapestry but for the Tudor era.
The work itself is substantial with a pleasant colour section of living history enthusiasts recreating the Militia of the 1540s. Other subjects covered are recruitment and discipline, professional soldiers. All in all an inspiring work that will hopefully fill the void of books on the subject.here
Join us for our Exeter Siege Re-enactment Days, 31 July - 3 August, 11-4pm! Commotion Times are back to re-enact Tudor life in 1549 at St Nicholas Priory! Learn about Tudor surgery, weapons and armoury, Tudor dance and try some Tudor children's games. Bring a picnic, and if you have one - wear your medieval costume! Free admission, Covid-secure
Bumph reads: From the middle of the 16th century to the early years of the 18th century, cavalry experienced significant changes in doctrine, deployment, and the equipment it used. The Men-at-Arms, carrying lances and arranged in large formations, were replaced by more lightly-armed cavalrymen fighting with swords and pistols in new and more flexible tactical formations. These transformations have often been interpreted as a symbol of decline in the cavalry, an archaic arm, a conservator of chivalric values, incapable of adapting to the new transformations in the art of war. This book aims to deconstruct this simplifying vision by focusing on an analysis of what constitutes the principal combat action of heavy cavalry: the charge. Whilst centred on France this study refers to the whole of Europe. The battlefields of the French Wars of Religion to the War of the Spanish Succession are examined in detail, along with the types of cavalry, their equipment and how they performed on the battlefield.
Today's anniversary. The Battle of Assietta was a significant engagement of the War of the Austrian Succession and pitted a numerically superior French force of 25,000-40,000 men under the command of Louis Fouquet, Chevalier de Belle-Isle against a Sardinian army of 15,000 men led by Giovanni Bricherasio. The French were soundly defeated and their commander, Belle-Isle, killed during the course of the battle.
The volume deals with how the military state functioned. Various Militias are featured and their roles. Local reserve troops, armed constabularies are featured as well as recruiting and conscription. Light troops are covered and there are useful appendices on the Allied Spanish army and Portugal's army. There are good sections on the 'Wake of the army' - soldiers' families - and a chapter on caring for the body and soul of the army.
The format of the series has the first part a rolling history of the campaigns of Louis' armies. This volume deals with the early eighteenth century starting with the Camisards and taking in campaigns of the War of Spanish Succession in the Iberian peninsula, Danube, Flanders, Germany and more. Chartrand notes that the War of Spanish Succession was the largest conflict since the Thirty years war and would not be surpassed until the Napoleonic wars.
The French engineers in this age were considered the best in the world so it is crucial to the understanding the French military of this time. There is also a great chapter Guns and Gunners which investigates the various artillery formations and their uniforms. An interesting section is the Economic tremors of war and it examines the economic burden of the army. This was very interesting in particular because it was the tremendous costs that made England abandon the fray in the years that followed her famous victories. As Mr Chartrand comments sometimes war is not always decided on the battlefield.
A classic series which I recommend heartily
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