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.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

The King's Life Guard of Foote

The regiment certainly distinguished itself at this first major battle of the Civil War, where it fought in Sir Nicholas Byron's tertio (the other regiment of the tertio was the Lord General's Regiment of Foot). After being involved in a firefight and push of pike with the Parliament regiments that opposed them, they were eventually charged by Sir Phillip Stapleton's horse, as well as other horse units. Edmund Ludlow, who belonged to the Earl of Essex's Lifeguard of Horse (a strong troop of cuirassiers), describes an encounter with the King's Lifeguard of Foot: 

"The enemy's body of foot, wherein the King's standard was, came on within musket shot of us; upon which we observing no horse to encounter withal, charged them with some loss from their pikes, though very little from their shot; but no being able to break them we retreated to our former station..."

The King's Life Guard of Foote web link: