Monday, 20 February 2017

Engagement at Philips Norton, 1685

Legio's Wargames has a nice reconstruction of Philip's Norton

Philip's Norton 1685

This is a map from the 1911 Somerset Archaelogical Proceedings piece on the battle in the Monmouth Rebellion. It's based on an 18th OS map. Useful if you wanted to wargame it. This photo from the 60s gives you another insight into the battle. If you want to read about the battle there's anextract from my book Days of King Monmouth here

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Sealed Knot major muster

Charlton Park. Malmesbury, Wiltshire.
Sealed Knot Major Muster 28th/29th May 2017.
In 1607 the present house was built for Katherine Knyvet daughter of Lord Thomas Howard. There are familial links to Sir Robert Howard who held Bridgnorth for the King, Thomas Howard who commanded a regiment and later a Brigade of horse,  the D'Aubigny's, Newburgh and other Royalists.
The event is being put on by Hopton's Tertia and promises to be a good one.

ECWS Major muster Llantrisant 17th & 18th June

While on the subject of the ECW I thought I'd post links to events that look interesting. This one looks fun

A few positive thoughts about Cromwell (1970)

You don't hear much good about this movie nowadays. Maybe it's dated but I think it's pretty good. I was 10 when I saw it at the cinema and loved it. I wonder what influence it had on the early Civil War reenactment scene? Last of the Mohicans inspired a wave of French and Indian reenactment in the 90s. There were a lot of props from the film Cromwell in circulation at least - swords, pots and armour. I am sure people must have gone to the cinema and come out and joined the Sealed Knot. The two central characters are perfectly cast. Alec Guiness nails it with his Charles I. Richard Harris gives a spirited rendition of Cromwell. I am sure you have all seen it but if you haven't its worth a look.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Campaign 307: Fontenoy 1745 by Michael McNally Illustrated by Seán Ó’Brógáin

From the Osprey blog looking ahead at May's new titles. This image depicts the Regiment Royal de Carabiniers charging with pistols at the Anglo-Hanoverian column in a desperate attempt to force a breach in red-coated ranks.