Archive for January 5th, 2012

January 5, 2012

The Mercenary Soldier

From a broadside printed in 1646. Looks contemporary. Neat doublet and breeches, knee length cloak and bucket boots.


January 5, 2012

Bloudy Newes From the North

…of unrest and possible uprisings. Leading to the 3rd Civil War in 1650. This image from a pamphlet dated January 20th. The proverbial “it’s grim up north” applies here!

January 5, 2012

A True and Exact Relation

…of the the manner of his Majesties setting up of his Standard at Nottingham on Monday the 22 of August 1642. In picture at least. A five page booklet lamenting the event that was to pressage the start of hostilities in the first Civil War. I don’t think  the King’s standard ever carried his picture as shown here  and the text describes in another way, which is most probably not what it looked like either:

“…it is much of the fashion of the City streamers used at the Lord Mayor’s show, having about 20 supporters, and is to be carried after the same way. On the top of it hangs a bloudy flag, the King’s armes quartered, with a hand pointing to the Crowne, which stands above with this motto: Give Caesar his due”

It seems to have been a well attended event with three troops of horse, five hundred foot soldiers and ‘diverse Lords and Gentlemen of His Majesties train’.

Lots of helmets worn by those foot soldiers if this picture is anything to go by, though as we have seen it’s not really an accurate source!

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