John Stubbs talks about his book Reprobates: The Cavaliers of the English Civil War in this short BBC clip (click to watch).
The work has been widely praised, though the title is slightly misleading, focussing as it does on the formative lives of the 'Cavalier poets' rather than their exploits during the war itself ...
In the clip Stubbs tells us about the poet and bon viveur Sir John Suckling. Here was the archetypal Cavalier, raising his own troop to fight in Scotland in 1637 with dubious experience of command, more interested in dressing his "one hundred very handsome, proper young men" to look good in the field than providing them with useful kit.
Suckling actually played no part in events after Charles raised his standard in Nottingham; he fled to France in 1641 after his audacious plot to free Strafford from the Tower with French aid was uncovered.
Besides his poetry he did have one other claim to fame. According to John Aubrey, he was the inventor of cribbage.
Adrian Tinniswood's review of Stubbs' book in Literary Review