Wednesday, 15 April 2015
Civil war soldiers
In today's episode of 'things from when I had no computer', some different types of soldiers from the English Civil War.
Researching these turned out to be very hard, there was a lot of conflicting information. For example, would a pikeman have a sword? I found books saying both yes and no. In the end I thought that being in the front line with only a heavy, 3-4 metre spear would practically be suicide, and I couldn't see anyone agreeing to do it unless they also had a close-range weapon.
Anyway, I did my best with the sources I could find, but I won't be surprised if a historian pops up and points out lots of problems!