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Holdenby 1647

The Battle to save a king ?

The Sealed Knot took up residence over the weekend of the 2nd & 3rd July 2016 at the beautiful Elizabethan mansion of Holdenby located in the Northamptonshire countryside.....

 

With members from around forty five regiments and a total of roughly two thousand in attendance it was sure to be a spectacular show....

 

Holdenby being the perfect location for such an event with its relevant ties to the history of that period .....

James I, who used it as a place of entertainment.... and for his son, Charles I, it became a prison. He was held here for 5 months in 1647 after his defeat in the Civil War. The King plotted to escape but Cromwell sent Cornet Joyce with 500 soldiers to remove him to safer custody and eventual execution......

For me this was a long awaited excuse to come along to a Sealed Knot event, it has been a number of years since my first experience of seeing them at The Glynde Epic and what a show that was...

For some reason this period in history does not have the same following as the likes of the Medieval times, perhaps the Fairytale castles and knights in armour give it the edge along with Game of Thrones on television also helping...

 

From a viewing perspective the English Civil War period is just as dramatic  The battle field is full of noise and colour with plenty of smoke and fire power from cannons and Musket's The colours come from the individual regiments uniforms and flags giving out the location to others..

Camp Life

The camps are great to spend time leisurely wandering around ,giving you an insight into how life was in the mid sixteen hundreds ...Everything authentic clothes,cooking and life in general and as always the re-enactors keen to answer questions on the period...

Cavalry

The cavalry.... my personal favourites...amazingly well behaved horses especially on the battlefield with so many distractions and noises, barely flinching even when the canons fire...Excellent horsemanship on a far from ideal terrain with the battlefield being located on a fairly steep hill with the added problems of a huge downpour about halfway through the proceedings ....

Foot regiments

The battlefield was a sea of 1500 faces....

Parliamentarians and Royalists....Foot  soldiers, pikemen,drummers,flag bearers,cavalry, artillery and everyone connected to the battle.....

The groups of pikemen would push against each other trying to gain the advantage while the musketeers would fire volley after volley into the advancing troops all to the  haunting beat of the drummers ...It is such an amazing sight with so many people its difficult to know whwere to look first....It must have been horrendous to have been part of it back in the day.....

A final prayer from the preacher...

In conclusion a fantastic event at a beautiful location .....If you have never seen the Sealed Knot i suggest you click the link below and check out their events page .You will not be disappointed....They have another big one this year at Catton Hall over the August bank holiday weekend...make it a date for your diary.........

To see where the "Sealed Knot" have their next event or to find out more about what they do please follow the link below....

www.thesealedknot.org.uk

 

For more information of forthcoming events at Holdenby House or to visit please check out their website ......

www.holdenby.com

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