Posts tagged ‘sword’

May 12, 2012

Richard Wenman (1573–1640), 1st Viscount Wenman

The Baron is pictured in this 1633 English School painting in a brown silk (or maybe velvet) doublet with a plain falling band and cuffs. His hat is tall crowned with a widish brim and the whole ensemble is finished with a quite plain hanger on a baldric across his chest. Richard Wenman was an old soldier who had fought with the English at Cadiz under Elizabeth and was also MP and High Sherriff for Oxfordshire. He died before the war began in early 1640. This portrait hangs in the National Library of Wales

February 1, 2012

Sir Kenelm Digby’s Honour Maintained

by a most courageous Combat which he fought with the Lord Mount le Ros who by base and slanderous words reviled our King. Digby is on the left we assume. Duelling was outlawed in France and attracted the death penalty, but our hero was pardoned on condition he leave the country. Stirring stuff!