The mighty struggle between King Charles I and his rebellious parliament.
The war, actually a series of three wars, began in 1642 and ended in 1651. It was fought between the King and his supporters ("Cavaliers") and Parliament, eventually led by Oliver Cromwell, and his side ("Roundheads").
The principal issue at hand was how and who should govern the country...A monarch chosen by God or a parliament chosen by the people (at least those who could vote).
The overall outcome was three-fold...The trial and execution of Charles I and the exile of his son, the future Charles II...
The abolition of the Monarchy and its replacement by a republican "Commonwealth”... And the rise and rule of Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth.
This colourful and dramatic new series "Pike & Musket" will cover many aspects of this epic struggle - both military and civilian and promises to be one of the largest and most extensive in King & Country's history.
Our first release features Oliver Cromwell himself and men from Parliament's "New Model Army"...
Special Uniform Note:The soldiers who fought in the English Civil War had more uniformity than their Continental contemporaries in the "Thirty Years War"...What uniformity they had was very much up to the tastes and pockets of individual colonels who raised each regiment.
Most officers wore their own personal civilian clothes. The rank and file however was issued with certain items such as coats, breeches, various headgear (including helmets) and of course, shoes, boots and stockings - subject to availability.
Blue and red were the most common uniform colours although white, grey and green were also seen in both armies. In effect this means that what we call "Parliamentary" with this first release can alternatively "change sides" as more soldiers appear to be released in the future.