Saturday 30 September 2023

25 years ago

 Our inaugural event at Basing House. Dr David Chandler dropped in.

Owen one of our main men now town crier for Royal Wootton Bassett

Monmouth wargame

 Monmouth wargame late 80s. Swindon. Devereux's regiment. Pic by Richard Ellis. Organized by Chris Scott (2nd from left) who has written a number of Monmouth books. Figures all Dixon miniatures.

I am third from right.

Friday 29 September 2023

Battle of Norton St Philip 2005

 Steve Carter organized this event. My local battle. Sealed Knot. I found this leaflet that my son brought home from school. The film below is quite charming and features all the local participation.

Film of the re-enactment in June 2005 of the battle in 1685 by the Sealed Knot and the people of Norton St Philip

North Irish Dragoons.

Been chatting to Ian of the North Irish Dragoons. They are interested in possibly doing some Monmouth Rebellion events in the future. Here they are at Almansa. See their here

Carrickfergus 2023

Thursday 28 September 2023

Progetto 1571

 Interesting 16th century group. See more at their Facebook page.

Wednesday 27 September 2023

The Master of Ballantrae (1984)


Wikipedia. Do you remember this? Aired in two parts. I enjoyed it when it came out. . It deals with the Jacobite Rebellion but then he goes to North America.

Tuesday 26 September 2023

Burrow Mump

 This was a camp for Royal troops after The Monmouth Rebellion.

"The ruins of St Michael's Church, Burrow Mump, Somerset. Credit: Robert Harding / Alamy"

David McCallum Kidnapped (1978)

 In tribute to the late actor here he is as Alan Breck Stewart. In parts on YouTube

Drummer Garde Françaises

 Some from Gabriele's group. Webpage for tailoring. 

Fleur de Lys Norton St Philip

 The George Norton Saint Philip is temporarily closed for repairs but its sister pub 'the Fleurdy' as I believe locals call it is open. As old as the George it has an impressive history too. Opened in the 1500s. Article on Somerset Live

Garde françaises 1757

 See the whole set here. Ace tailor Gabriele Mendella tells me Bauduoin was an officer in the grenadier company of the Garde Française.

BAUDOUIN - " Exercice de l'Infanterie Françoise ordonné par le Roy le VI May M.D.CC IV 1757"

Sunday 24 September 2023

Michal Paradowski found this


Images of English officers and soldiers from the army of Henry VIII, after landing in Calais in 1513, by an unknown Flemish artist. From the British Library Manuscript Collection (Cotton MS Augustus III/1).

Friday 22 September 2023

Traite des armes Girard

 From 1740. Thanks to David Ledoyen for finding this. Here

dedicated to the King, by Sr. P. J. F. Girard, Former Officer of the Navy: Teaching the manner of fighting with the small-sword, all the foreign guards, the Sword, the Pikes, the Halberds, Bayonets at the end of the Flintlock Musket, Flail & Batons with two ends: Together to make with good grace the Salutes of Sword, the Exercise of the Flintlock Musket & that of the Grenade, such as they are practiced today in the military Art of France

Thursday 21 September 2023

Battle of Prestonpans

 Today's anniversary is this short battle in Scotland.

1995 reenactment of Prestonpans which kickstarted eighteenth century reenactment in the U.K. Photo Howard Giles

Sunday 17 September 2023

The Saxon Army of the Thirty Years War

 I used to have booklet A5 on this subject but I can't find it anywhere now. But there is an interesting book on this subject. In German. See about it here

Castles of Henry VIII Osprey

 This looks good. I shall have to get it. Review here

In the last years of his reign Henry VIII needed a radically modern system of defence to protect England and its new Church. Anticipating a foreign onslaught from Catholic Europe after his split from Rome, Henry energetically began construction of more than 20 stone forts to protect England's major ports and estuaries. Aided by excellent illustrations, Peter Harrington explores the departure from artillery-vulnerable medieval castle designs, to the low, sturdy stone fortresses inspired by European ideas. He explains the scientific care taken to select sites for these castles, and the transition from medieval to modern in this last surge of English castle construction.

Breitenfeld 1631

 This battle in the Thirty Years War occurred today.

Thursday 14 September 2023

Wednesday 13 September 2023

Monday 11 September 2023

Saint-Cast 1758


Today's anniversary. Here

Malplaquet 1709

 Today's anniversary. Wiki

Wednesday 6 September 2023

Nördlingen 1634

 Today's anniversary. Wiki

By Sergey Shamenkov in the Helion book on the battle

Tuesday 5 September 2023

New Empress Miniatures Thirty Years War cavalry

 Just a sample of the new figures. Some of the best figures for this conflict in 28mm in my opinion.. Website

Imperial v Ottoman 1688

 Michael Paradowski posted this on his blog.

Cornette de cavalerie 1743


Sunday 3 September 2023

Devereux's at Malmesbury

 My old E.C.W.S group Devereux's were in their spiritual home Malmesbury in Wiltshire last evening. Next year the Roundhead regiment is 50 years old and are commemorating it with a book detailing their activities to date. Photo Jackie Peel.

Big day for Cromwell supporters


Cromwell at Dunbar, 1886, by Andrew Carrick Gow

Today's anniversaries are all connected to the Lord Protector. Dunbar and Worcester and the date of his death.

Saturday 2 September 2023

THE PROMISED LAND Official Trailer (2023) Mads Mikkelsen

This looks interesting.

The poor soldier Ludvig Kahlen arrives in 1755 on the barren Jutland heath with a single goal: to follow the king's call to cultivate the land and thereby achieve wealth and honor himself. But Kahlen quickly makes an enemy. The merciless landowner, Frederik De Schinkel, who is sole ruler of the area, believes that the heath belongs to him and not the king. When De Schinkel's serf runs away with his wife Ann Barbara and seeks refuge with Kahlen, the landowner does everything to drive Kahlen away and at the same time exact a cruel revenge. Kahlen does not bow, but stubbornly takes up the unequal battle and now risks both his life, but also the bond with the small, troubled family that has arisen around him on the heath.