Below you will find information about our period of interest. Articles that can be categorised will be added to the sub pages so please look through them too. Many people have already been covered on the excellent 'Timelines' website featured on the 'Links' page, under their 'Biography' section. If you need information on key people throughout the English Civil War, you will find a very comprehensive list on that site. On our 'Famous Names' page you will find information about foreign or civilian notables that contributed to the seventeenth century period. There is also primary source information here from King Charles' Scaffold speech and Sir Thomas Wentworth's defense in 1641. These key speeches: Wentworth's before the outbreak of war and The King's at the end show how unlawful the Parliament had become in the mid seventeenth century and should be considered a major factor when determining the rights and wrongs of the conflict.
Also, I have included any primary source information that will be of interest particularly to students who are studying the 'Road To Civil War' module of the 'Early Modern' period. The ultimate aim is to be a one stop shop (free and without adverts of course) for primary source information, with regard to the English Civil War, on the internet. The letters between Charles and his Parliament, in the run up to hostilities, will, I hope, be of great use. I have no copy right over any such information and you are free to copy paste it as you may wish but, if you are to use large parts, painstakingly hand typed by myself, I would appreciate an acknowledgement and perhaps a mention in my guest book.
Colonel Henry Jermyn was the figurehead colonel of the Queen's Lifeguard of, foot but in reality commanded the Lifeguard of horse. Jermyn was a gambler and drinker and a typical dashing cavalier. He was the Queen's favourite who accompanied her to England from Holland in 1643, when she arrived at Bridlington with arms and munitions for 10,000 men as well as some cannon, and travelled to Oxford to assist her husband the King.
The Major, John Cansfield, was from Lancashire, and one of the most effective officers in the regiment. He was quickly sent into his native county to raise men to serve in the Queen's regiments (both foot and horse), and probably drew some from detachments of Lord Derby's Army. Sir Richard Molyneux's regiments of foot and horse were attached to Derby's army at the time. It is remotely possible that some of Lord Molyneux's men formed part of the Queen's Lifeguard of Foot but there is no direct evidence to support such a claim.