The English Civil War (1642-1651) started when Charles I raised his royal standard in Nottingham. The split between Charles and Parliament was such that neither side was willing to back down over the principles that they held and war was inevitable as a way in which all problems could be solved. The country split into those who supported the King and those who supported Parliament – the classic ingredients for a civil war. This blog will record my wargaming journey through the English Civil War using 28mm miniatures.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Robert Bertie Earl of Lindsey

As a member of the House of Lords, Lindsey remained a loyal supporter of the King. The Lord Parliament withdrew his commission as lord-lieutenant of Lincolnshire in February 1642, after which he joined the King at York. He was appointed commissioner of array for Lincolnshire in July and lord-general of the King's army in August.

When Prince Rupert was appointed commander of the Royalist cavalry, he was exempted from taking orders from anyone but the King himself. This placed Lindsey in a difficult position and led to bitter acrimony. At the council of war before the Battle of Edgehill in October 1642, Lindsey quarrelled with Rupert and the King's field marshall Lord Forth over the deployment of troops. When the King followed Forth's advice, Lindsey angrily resigned his commission and Forth replaced him as general-in-chief. During the ensuing battle, Lindsey fought on foot as a colonel at the head of his regiment. He was wounded by a shot in the thigh and taken prisoner by the Roundheads. Carried to a nearby barn, he died from his wounds the following day.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Sir William Waller

 
The leading Parliamentarian commander in southern England during the first three years of the English Civil War, later a political leader of the Presbyterian faction in the House of Commons. Although socially conservative, Waller did not hesitate to support Parliament on the outbreak of the First Civil War in August 1642. He wanted to preserve what he regarded as the proper balance between the authority of Church, Crown and Parliament—though Royalists claimed that his allegiance was dictated by Lady Waller. Appointed to Parliament's Committee of Safety, Waller contributed generously to Parliament's war fund and raised his own regiment of horse. In one of the earliest actions of the war, Waller captured Portsmouth for Parliament in September 1642. The following month he fought at Edgehill, where his regiment was scattered in Prince Rupert's charge. Like Cromwell, Waller quickly realised the importance of training cavalry to match the Cavaliers.