Reenacting the Battle of Edgehill 1642, with the Sealed Knot, at Compton Verney, Warwickshire, England.
The Battle of Edgehill Reenactment
This was a brilliant event held over the back holiday weekend, 28-29 August 2022. I joined the re-enactors on the field as a musketeer. It was brilliant to be in the thick of it, amongst the clashing pikes, horses, drums and stench of blackpowder. Thank you all.
I am a fan of Living History and of Historical Re-enactment. I believe that both can play a role in helping us understand historical events, conditions and perceptions. They are also a great way of making history accessible, of making it feel tangible. Please do check out my page on battlefield walks and talks, and Living History.
I believe that Living History and Historical Re-enactment can be particularly powerful if paired with other forms of Historical Interpretation. I hope that the historical fiction I write has a role to play in this. My books aim to combine historical narrative with the emotions of ordinary people present on each side of the conflict.
My writing is as historically accurate as I can make it. I find it very difficult to bend from known events or conditions. The British Civil Wars are filled with extraordinary moments, characters and stories. There is no need for invention – the stories just need compelling characters to tell them. I hope I have done this in God’s Vindictive Wrath.
Reenacting the Battle of Edgehill 1642 as an English Civil War musketeer was a great opportunity to experience something of what it must have felt like to be on a 17th Century battlefield.
The Battle of Edgehill Historical Notes
Historical notes on the Battle of Edgehill 1642 are available to read at Notes & Maps. These notes accompany the text of God’s Vindictive Wrath, a novel of English Civil War fiction that opens at the battle.
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