Friday, 25 November 2022
Thursday, 24 November 2022
Monday, 21 November 2022
Nottingham Castle closes after a considerable revamp
Here on the BBC. Very sad.
Blog post on Pirate warfare by Rene Chartrand
Interesting article about Buccaneer and Pirate warfare in the age of Louis XIV.
Soldier, Compagnies franches de la Marine of the Islands, 1675-76 Patrice Courcelle
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Thursday, 17 November 2022
The Military Experience in the Age of Reason
If you have never read this book by Christopher Duffy I will humbly suggest you give it a read. As you can see it is available as a budget paperback so it can be acquired cheaply but that doesn't reflect the contents which are first rate. It first came out in 1987 and it's been one of my favourite books of any subject since then. It will give you an insight into the world of the Prussians and their contemporaries in a way that will enlighten you as it busts several myths such as the tyrannical drill instructor or the inept aristocratic officer. It is simply the best.
Wednesday, 16 November 2022
Veteran author of the Seven Years War and Jacobite Rebellion and all round very knowledgeable chap has passed away. Wiki
Today's anniversary is this battle of the Thirty Years War.
|Artwork by Serge Shamenkov for a forthcoming Helion book on the Battle of Lützen.|
Thursday, 10 November 2022
New release from Helion
We are pleased to announce The Armies & Wars of the Sun King 1643-1715 Volume 5 is now available!
✨ Save £5 off RRP until Monday 14th November – no code needed ✨
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Tuesday, 8 November 2022
White Mountain 1620
Today's anniversary is this major battle in the Thirty Years War. Wiki
Monday, 7 November 2022
Fly, bold rebellion (1683) Henry Purcell
Sunday, 6 November 2022
Under the blue flag
Monmouth period fiction. There seems to be a lot of books aimed at the younger reader about the Rebellion around 1900. Not complaining though.
Saturday, 5 November 2022
William III Landing at Brixham, Torbay, 5 November 1688
Jan Wyck (1645–1700)
National Maritime Museum
Prince William of Orange (as he then was) wears a buff coat, a gold-fringed red sash and the ribbon and Star of the Garter. The horse is wearing a blue shabracque, or blanket, with the Orange arms in gold, and stands looking towards Torbay. The portrait dominates an image showing William's landing in Torbay on 5 November 1688 with 14,000 troops for the invasion of England.
Friday, 4 November 2022
I loved this. Had the novelisation. Big influence on my interest in the Monmouth episode. Filmed in Somerset. You can get this series on DVD but the quality is not brilliant.
'Pretenders' premiered on 27th February 1972. The series was produced by HTV for the ITV network.
Thursday, 3 November 2022
Burrow Mump Somerset
|Burrow Mump Taken by @usasjd 👌 Featured on the BBC West Instagram account.|
I went by this the other day. You can see it from Glastonbury Tor. Noticed on the Wikipedia entry about it it was occupied by Royal troops in 1685 - that would make a spectacular reenactment. Was also occupied by Royalists in the Civil War.
Battles of Brentford and Turnham Green 1642
Wednesday, 2 November 2022
Sieges of Taunton 1644-5
Interesting sieges in the Civil war. Wiki here
Yesterday's trip to Taunton and Westonzoyland
On the Monmouth Rebellion trail. Pics by my sister. The visitor's centre at Westonzoyland church is worth a visit if you are interested. Prisoners were confined there after the battle.
|Taunton the town where Monmouth was crowned|
|Art in the Westonzoyland church which houses the centre. Prisoners were kept in the church after the battle|
Biography of the soldier/artist here
Tuesday, 1 November 2022
A useful resource on the appearance of Seven Years War redcoats. Edward Penny wiki