Sunday, 29 May 2022
Dutch 17th century caliver drill, Jacob de Gheyn II
Dutch 17th century pike drill, Jacob de Gheyn II
Friday, 27 May 2022
Friday teasers from Strelets-R
Tuesday, 24 May 2022
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Drawing on unpublished manuscripts and the voices of dozens of men, women and children caught in the crossfire, Childs weaves a thrilling tale of war and peace, terror and faith,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
Length: 336 Pages
Dimensions: 242mm x 31mm x 163mm
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|
Friday, 20 May 2022
Friday WSS teasers from Strelets-r
The sack of Magdeburg 1631
Today's anniversary. Read about it here
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
Jubilee Weekend Basing
One for the diary. Details here
Tuesday, 17 May 2022
This day 1756 Britain declares war on France - starting the Seven Years War
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
Saturday, 14 May 2022
From Sergey Minchenkov
Wednesday, 11 May 2022
THE SIEGE OF TOURNAI BY PIERRE L'ENFANT (detail)
Complete picture here. Thanks to Wm. Booth Draper
Battle of Fontenoy 1745
Illustrated by Seán Ó’Brógáin
Today's anniversary. Here
Friday, 6 May 2022
Another anniversary this time from the Seven years war. Wiki here
Spanish (Bourbon) infantry in square Strelets-R
Today's anniversary. 400th. Read about it here
Thursday, 5 May 2022
7 years ago this came out
Garnizon Fortecy Częstochowskiej
Another good European group. Facebook page here
Wednesday, 4 May 2022
Sunday, 1 May 2022
From Khurasan Miniatures
Sad to hear about Dan Schorr. He was very knowledgeable on the late 17thc and GNW. His website Dan Schorr's Northern Wars was unparalleled.Khurasan say''Buff coat cavalry for the later 17th century. Some troopers continued to wear this well into the later 17th century. Lieutenant-Colonel Dan Schorr (retd) commissioned these in 2021 and was quite pleased with the way they came out — Dan wanted them for Brandenburg Horse. As late as July of last year he sent me the specs for colors you see here. Dan died the next month. I’m especially keen to get these to market because Dan made it possible for other people to enjoy the models.''
Joseph Francis Nollekens - May Day