Archive for May 29th, 2012

May 29, 2012

The Manner of His Excellency

Sir Thomas Fairfax, and the Officers of His Armie sitting in Councell. Also from September 1647 and following on, this is Fairfax’s side of the story and is a collection of his letters sent to various parliamentarians following the Putney Debates. Frontispiece is this image of Sir Tom and his council. Ignoring the fact that the artist has made the general look twice as big as his officers, this is a fly on the wall picture of the army council in session. They are mostly (apart from the guy in academic gown in the foreground) dressed in tabbed doublet, plain band and tall hats. No scarves in evidence but to a man they have thin cross sword belts/baldricks. I wonder what the bell on the table was used for?

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May 29, 2012

Papers of the Treatie

At a great Meeting of the Generall Officers of the Army at the Head-quarters at Putney in behalf of the whole Kindome of England. Account from the Army perspective of what became known as the Putney Debates September 1647. This rather nice picture is on the front page of the document. This guy, presumably one of the agitating officers at Putney wears a smart doublet with a falling band decorated with a thin edge of lace.