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Drawing on unpublished manuscripts and the voices of dozens of men, women and children caught in the crossfire, Childs weaves a thrilling tale of war and peace, terror and faith,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

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

Wednesday 4 May 2022

Garnizon Gdańsk

Excellent photos by Łukasz Kolodziej . Facebook page where there is more.

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

 Artist wiki