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photoblog image The English Civil War.

The English Civil War.

How do you photograph over 2,000 re-enactors fighting an English Civl War battle? With great difficulty. This weekend saw Conquest 2007 at Shugborough Hall in Staffordshire, a multi-period historical event with Romans, Vikings, Knights, Medieval actors, English Civil war soldiers and soldiers of the Napoleonic period taking part in actions in the grounds of the Hall. It was a glorious day on the Saturday, the sun shone the ground dried out from the previous weeks rain and a grand time was had by all, especially the re-enactors, you could just see them enjoying themselves on the field of battle.

It is impossible to show the scale of the work, the sounds of battle, the smoke, the noise, the sheer enthusiasm, in a simple picture, you have to be there to feel the atmosphere.

As well as the battles there were a number of living history camps weer the day to day lives of the times were acted out.

There must have been over 3000 people taking part when you take into account the non-combatants, the hangers-on and the rest.

This picture just shows a small percentage of the Sealed Knot Re-enactors about half way through the battle.

I imagine a few more images will be posted over the next week or so.

The English Civil War.

How do you photograph over 2,000 re-enactors fighting an English Civl War battle? With great difficulty. This weekend saw Conquest 2007 at Shugborough Hall in Staffordshire, a multi-period historical event with Romans, Vikings, Knights, Medieval actors, English Civil war soldiers and soldiers of the Napoleonic period taking part in actions in the grounds of the Hall. It was a glorious day on the Saturday, the sun shone the ground dried out from the previous weeks rain and a grand time was had by all, especially the re-enactors, you could just see them enjoying themselves on the field of battle.

It is impossible to show the scale of the work, the sounds of battle, the smoke, the noise, the sheer enthusiasm, in a simple picture, you have to be there to feel the atmosphere.

As well as the battles there were a number of living history camps weer the day to day lives of the times were acted out.

There must have been over 3000 people taking part when you take into account the non-combatants, the hangers-on and the rest.

This picture just shows a small percentage of the Sealed Knot Re-enactors about half way through the battle.

I imagine a few more images will be posted over the next week or so.

comments (5)

Looks like a fun colorful event. Doesn't look like a battle, though smile
Les Auld: Thanks Martin, this was the coming together stage, lots of people milling about and the pikes in the background just begining a push.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 16 Jul 2007, 07:09
If this was a true reflection, then the few women in the middle brings a fact about the old time battles to mind. Many a soldier was followed into battle by his family and others. If you were rich you had a whole entourage. Others, like traders, whores and such hung onto the sides of moving columns for the pickings.

Great picture Les and about the only way you will be able to take a good overview is by arial photography. And you can not capture atmosphere, the viewer has to imagine it smile
Les Auld: Thanks Louis, strangely enough there are many women taking part in these events as soldiers as well, mainly musketeers, I beleive at least 50% of them are women.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 16 Jul 2007, 07:39
Look at all those sticks and staves! You have made an excellent capture, Les, of what I know must have been like over-stimulation for the camera. smile

I chuckle how we re-enact our old, civil wars. We do this on the old battlefields in Virginia of our Civil War in the States. Let's hope to God our other wars are NEVER re-enacted!
Les Auld: Thanks Ginnie, a few statistics, 1101 pictures taken, 168 thronw away on the initial sort, about 150 reasonable images, probably about 30 worth working on. Typical days shooting I suppose, and I ran out of memeory before the end.

Have to agree with you though about the future.
I love these re-enactments. They bring history to life. We went to a much smaller affair involving Vikings and Saxons on Saturday. Great fun. Nice capture. All the best, Dave.
Les Auld: Thanks David, they do give you a different perspective on the written word. They put on a great show as well.
  • Kelly Paine
  • 17 Jul 2007, 07:00
Hi Les - thank you for coming along to Conquest and taking the photo in your blog.

I have been a member of the Sealed Knot for five years, fighting in the Parliamentarian cavalry, and portraying an Ironside Trooper of Cromwell's New Model Army. The battle you watched was a reenactment of Hopton Heath 1643.

Those "sticks and staves" are actually halberds and pikes, which, together with match and doglock muskets, cavalry, cannon, made up the soldiery during the English Civil war.

Its a pity that you did not show the horse, how can I describe to you what it is like to fight sword to sword with a Royalist cavalry officer at full gallop!

I hope that you and others will continue to enjoy historical reenactments into the future. All participants are voulenteers, and we raise money for charity as we portray the ECW.

Kel, Sir William Wallers Regimente of Horse.
Les Auld: Hi Kelly, many thanks for the information, gald that you found the picture and commented on it. I was very impressed with the skill and daring of all who took part in the event.

It was a great event on Saturday, very enjoyable. I have a cavalry picture for tomorrow, close combat between Royalist and Parliamentarian soldiers.

There are also some pictures on my Flickr site, http://www.flickr.com/photos/lsauld/.

Regards

Les Auld

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