Read his wiki William Hiseland - Wikipedia
Sunday 30 July 2023
Saturday 29 July 2023
Thursday 27 July 2023
All the parts are played by J. Orlandini.
Monday 24 July 2023
Photo by Christin U Sven. Excellent reconstruction.
Sunday 23 July 2023
Novel by Thackeray. Wiki here. About a colonel in Queen Anne's service written by the man who wrote Barry Lyndon. Read it free here at Project Gutenberg. I have it in the edition illustrated. Good historical fiction. Audio book here
Thursday 20 July 2023
Wednesday 19 July 2023
This a great book on the uniform and equipment of the Karoliners.
These pics were taken last weekend by Nick Coffin at Sudeley Castle. They are the first U.K. Karoliners (there is two so far). Very pleased to see this as I have from time to time liked the idea of doing Swedish.
If this is you get in touch. I am sure there are other U.K. people who would be interested.
Sunday 16 July 2023
Friday 14 July 2023
Thursday 13 July 2023
Wednesday 12 July 2023
This is pretty spectacular. Wiki says
Colonel Wolodyjowski (Polish: Pan Wołodyjowski) is a 1969 Polish historical drama film directed by Jerzy Hoffman. The film is based on the 1887 novel of the same name by Polish writer and Nobel laureate Henryk Sienkiewicz. The story is set during the Ottoman Empire's invasion of Poland in 1668–1672.
Full movie here but no subtitles.
Tuesday 11 July 2023
The Tudor Arte of Warre. Volume 2: The conduct of war in the reign of Elizabeth I, 1558–1603: Diplomacy, Strategy, Campaigns and Battles from our From Retinue to Regiment 1453-1618 series is now available!
The Elizabethan army has been disregarded, denigrated or derided: Shakespeare’s portrayal of Falstaff and Fluellen bear more responsibility for this than any accurate assessment of its role in Elizabeth’s reign. This book aims to provide a comprehensive explanation of the part that the English army, in its various guises, played in her long and increasingly troubled reign. Elizabeth was no Amazon Queen; she abhorred war because of its cost, its unpredictability and the inconstancy and insubordination of those she placed in charge. She could gain little personally from war as she was excluded from direct participation. Until 1585 she faced the problem of Queen Mary, a Catholic claimant to her throne whose existence threatened internal peace and greatly complicated matters abroad. Elizabeth was fearful of all her near neighbours as they could so easily unsettle her kingdom and her religious settlement.
On her accession she tried to take advantage of crises in Scotland and France, and for the first time experienced the gap between what her military men would promise and what they could deliver. Determined as she was to maintain domestic peace, the Northern Rebellion of 1569 made it clear that England’s military preparedness was wholly inadequate. Thus began a long project to make widespread military service managed by the government, especially as after 1585 more and more men were sent for service abroad.
Ironically the Anglo-Spanish war was at least in part the consequence of Elizabeth’s efforts to avoid this disastrous confrontation. Once committed she intervened either when England was directly threatened or when she was convinced that she could gain a significant strategic advantage. The many expeditions she facilitated were invariably badly managed and rarely achieved their potential. This book addresses the criticisms that she was inconsistent, mean and interfering and the cause of the many failures that overtook her armies.
The book gives considerable space to the Nine Years’ War in Ireland because it was of central importance to Elizabeth and the military establishment. It involved several key battles as well as developments in both strategy and tactics that have in the past been overlooked. Elizabeth’s army played a vital part in defending the realm from foreign foes and domestic rebels, and although there was little glory it was a vital aspect of her reign and an important chapter in Britain’s military history.
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Monday 10 July 2023
Wednesday 5 July 2023
Today's anniversary is this battle fought near Bath. You can see the Bevil Grenville monument here where he fell at the head of his Cornish foot hit on the head with a poleaxe. Read about his bodyguard Anthony Payne here
|Pike and shotte do a model of Granville and bodyguard Anthony Payne|
Tuesday 4 July 2023
Last year Posties Rejects were blown away by Barry Hilton’s "Raid on the Medway" game at Partizan so we convinced him to bring it down to Kent to run the game in Chatham Docks, the target of the Dutch raid back in 1667. The Rapture Gaming Festival stretches across the whole of the 80-acre site with computer games and wargaming rubbing shoulders with boardgames and RPGs, reenactors, and cosplay.
Sunday 2 July 2023
I thought this book was very good indeed. Pretty unique too in that a study of dragoons and dragoon operations hasn't been done much before. Detailed studies of the actions of dragoon formations during the British Civil Wars are part of this work but also with much more. Equipment and tactics are examined. I particularly liked the chapter Standards equipment and clothing. The Oxford army and Earl of Essex's army are looked at in detail. There are also chapters on the Eastern Association and the New Model Army. All aspects are examined including fodder, equine care, saddlery, ammunition pay and organisation. This really is an interesting work and one no collection of books on the Civil Wars should be without.
Saturday 1 July 2023
Today's anniversary. Wiki
The Battle of Fleurus, fought on 1 July 1690 near the town of Fleurus in modern Belgium, was a major engagement of the Nine Years' War. In a bold envelopment, Marshal Luxembourg, commanding a French army, inflicted a severe defeat on an Allied force led by Prince Waldeck.