19 May 2015

Video: Newark Civil War Centre opening celebrations

Nice montage of video and photos capturing the opening weekend of the National Civil War Centre.

28 April 2015

National Civil War Centre to open this weekend!

Artist's impression of some of the displays
Artist's impression of some of the displays.

The new £5.4m National Civil War Centre in Newark is set to open in the Grade II* Old Magnus Building this Bank Holiday weekend (3-4 May), with nearly 1000 re-enactors gathering to commemorate the deadly sieges of the 1640s.

Other highlights include living history camps, 17th century medicine, craft displays and arms drills ...

6 April 2015

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16 March 2015

Guest blog: The 17th Century Military Revolution on the Celtic Fringe (Charles Singleton, author)

Montrose’s Irish Brigade at the Battle of Aberdeen, 13 September 1644. Divisions of pike and musket deploy into firing lines to fight with the centre of the Covenanter Army at Aberdeen. Painting by Peter Dennis © Helion & Company Limited.

The significance of the role played by the Earl of Montrose (see previous interactive map) in upholding the Royalist cause in Scotland has been much discussed, though less has been written about the influence of the military tactics and technology Montrose was exposed to as a veteran of fighting in the Thirty Years War. Less still has been investigated about the impact of continental war-fighting techniques on Irish troops who fought aboard before returning to the domestic theatres of the 1640s and 50s.

In the guest article below, author Charles Singleton introduces both of these topics, explored in detail in his new book Famous by my Sword: The Army of Montrose and the Military Revolution, and suggests how they helped contribute to a 'Military Revolution' of the 17th century ...