Monday, 4 July 2022

Sedgemoor GIF

This is some film we made on the battle site for BBC Education. We played both sides so I can see myself twice.

Saturday, 2 July 2022

Marston Moor 1644

 Today's anniversary - wiki

Wednesday, 29 June 2022

ECWS at Alnwick


The English Civil War Society joins us at Alnwick Castle on the 9th and 10th July, with a living history encampment, demonstrations, arms displays, children's activities and a live battle each day with hundreds of soldiers fighting for control of the North.

Don't miss this unique event!

Tuesday, 28 June 2022

Cropredy Bridge 1644

 Today's anniversary is this Civil war battle near Banbury. 

Monday, 27 June 2022

Monmouth Rebels

 A patrol by members of the 1685 , in about 2001.  Photo Susan Mitchard.  See more 1685 images here

Dettingen 1743

 Today's anniversary. Pic by Sean O'Brogain from the Osprey. Wiki on the battle.

MICHAEL DAHL (1659-1743) Portrait of an Officer c. 1690-95

 Zoomable image here

Philips Norton 1685

Today's anniversary is my local 1685 battle. Picture is Francis Hawley who led the assault on the Rebel barricade. I run a Facebook group on the Rebellion here
The Troop recreating Monmouth and his Life Guard at the George Inn,

Thursday, 23 June 2022

New Great Northern war book by Sergey Shamenkov

We are pleased to announce Charles XII's Karoliners is now available!

✨ Save 15% off RRP until Sunday 26th June– no code needed ✨

This book discusses the evolution and changes in Swedish infantry and artillery uniforms during the Great Northern War. Drawing on a number of studies and using evidence based on many surviving documents and artefacts the author reconstructs in detail the appearance of the officers and the other ranks that made up the infantry and artillery of the Swedish Army of Charles XIIth.

The book provides detailed insights into the differences between the Carolean uniforms of the “older model” of 1687, which served as the basis for later modifications, and the “younger model” of 1706, as well as into different variations in transitional models existing between the two.

Different variations of headgear used by Swedish officers, NCOs, and privates are covered, with a particular focus on grenadier caps. The book also examines various items of soldiers’ accoutrements and dress. Along with published sources, this book also relies on little known or previously unpublished documents. The text is accompanied with photos of surviving uniforms, archaeological finds, and period artworks.

The book is richly illustrated with the author’s graphic reconstructions of period uniforms.

Buy it here:

Three Seven Years War anniversaries today


Clive meeting Mir Jafar after the Battle of Plassey, oil on canvas (Francis Haymanc. 1762)

Plassey 1757, and Landeshut (1760) and Krefeld (1758)

Tuesday, 21 June 2022

Marston Moor Event

 Saturday 2nd July 2022

"The Battle of Marston Moor 1644"
Event at St Helen's Church, Bilton in Ainsty YO26 7NL
A display and events to commemorate the 378th anniversary of the battle of Marston Moor, includes a talk at 2pm by Louise Whittaker from the Trust's Yorkshire Region, and a Battlefields Trust walk at 3:30pm by Yorkshire Region Chair Chris Rock and Louise, with Barry Wright.
Further details at 'Events' on

Monday, 20 June 2022

Kolin 1757-2022

 In the Czech Republic at the weekend. Gallery of photos here


Saturday, 18 June 2022

Kolin 1757

 Today's anniversary. Wiki

Thursday, 16 June 2022

Garde suisse, vers 1721

Planche 52 du tome I de "Infanterie et Gardes françaises" par Jacques-Antoine Delaistre (1690-1765), Musée de l'Armée, inv. 10849

Tuesday, 14 June 2022

Henry Purcell – England, My England (Full Film) | Tony Palmer Films

 This is a good film if you like late 17th centruy music. 

England, My England is a 1995 British historical film directed by Tony Palmer and starring Michael BallSimon CallowLucy Speed and Robert Stephens. It depicts the life of the composer Henry Purcell, seen through the eyes of a playwright in the 1960s who is trying to write a play about him.[1] It was written by John Osborne and Charles Wood.[2]

Frome in the Monmouth Rebellion talk


Sunday, 12 June 2022

The Battlefields Trust on Facebook

 If you do social media the Battlefields Trust are in my opinion very good. They post articles on obscure British battles from all through the ages. Today they posted about Chewton Mendip my local Civil war battle fought in 1643. Webpage

Chewton Mendip by Sharon Loxton

From Ebor Miniatures

 League of Augsburg pikemen with open coats.  Webpage here. Facebook page here

Saturday, 11 June 2022

Today's anniversary Monmouth lands at Lyme 1685

 With considerably less men than the 1500 stated on this playing card.

Friday, 10 June 2022

Glen Shiel 1719

 Today's anniversary is this battle.

Tuesday, 7 June 2022

Adam Blockley armourer

 One of the best craftsmen in the English civil war period is Adam Blockley - Facebook page here. He makes lovely pieces using original techniques and construction methods.

Battle of Chippenham Re-enactment July 23 & 24, Monkton Park

 Details here. The ECWS. Should be good. It's free too. 

Friday, 27 May 2022

Tuesday, 24 May 2022

Naseby weekend

 Info here

The Siege of Loyalty House


'Extraordinary, thrilling, immersive... at times almost Tolstoyan in its emotional intelligence and literary power' Simon Schama

It was a time of climate change and colonialism, puritans and populism, witch hunts and war.

A greater proportion of the British population died in the civil wars of the seventeenth century than in the world wars of the twentieth. Jessie Childs recovers the shock of this conflict by plunging us into one of its most extraordinary episodes: the siege of Basing House. To the parliamentarians, the royalist stronghold was the devil's seat. Its defenders called it Loyalty House.

We follow artists, apothecaries, merchants and their families from the revolutionary streets of London to the Marquess of Winchester's mist-shrouded mansion. Over two years, they are battered, bombarded, starved and gassed. From within they face smallpox, spies and mutiny. Their resistance becomes legendary, but in October 1645, Oliver Cromwell rolls in the heavy guns and they prepare for a last stand.

Drawing on unpublished manuscripts and the voices of dozens of men, women and children caught in the crossfire, Childs weaves a thrilling tale of war and peace, terror and faith, savagery and civilisation.

The Siege of Loyalty House is an immersive and electrifying account of a defining episode in a war that would turn Britain - and the world - upside down.

'Brilliant. Original. Gripping.' - Antonia Fraser

  • Imprint: Bodley Head

  • ISBN: 9781847923721

  • Length: 336  Pages

  • Dimensions: 242mm x 31mm x 163mm

  • Weight: 672g

  • RRP: £25.00

Devereux's at Bath Abbey in 1985

 Andy James is compiling a history of roundhead reenactment group Nicholas Devereux's regiment to be completed in 2024 in time for the 50th anniversary with events and people from the regiment's history. Here they are doing Monmouth period Somerset Militia in Bath in 1985. 

Monday, 23 May 2022


Wounded at Ramillies 
Today's anniversary. Here

Friday, 20 May 2022

Thursday, 19 May 2022

Alatriste ~Battle of Rocroi (English Subtitles)

 Today's anniversary Rocroi. Clip is from the rather good 2006 movie Alatriste. Full movie with subtitles here

Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Monday, 16 May 2022

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebration


Did you watch this last night? We watched it to see Alan Larsen (a Restoration-era reenactor among other periods) doing the Charles II cameo. It was very good. If you go on ITV Hub you can see it - it's about half way through. 

A British soldier

 From here A Soldier | National Galleries of Scotland

Saturday, 14 May 2022

From Sergey Minchenkov

 Grenadiers on horseback Preobazhensky life guard regiment 1707-1712

Wednesday, 11 May 2022


 Complete picture here. Thanks to Wm. Booth Draper

Battle of Fontenoy 1745



Osprey Campaign 307: Fontenoy 1745 by Michael McNally
Illustrated by Seán Ó’Brógáin

Today's anniversary. Here

Friday, 6 May 2022

Prague 1757

 Another anniversary this time from the Seven years war. Wiki here

Spanish (Bourbon) infantry in square Strelets-R

 Friday teaser.

Wimpfen 1622

 Today's anniversary. 400th. Read about it here

Thursday, 5 May 2022

7 years ago this came out

 Only have a few copies left. Email me if you want one. 

Garnizon Fortecy Częstochowskiej

 Another good European group. Facebook page here