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Irish Marine Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2017 5:23 a.m. PST

After doing more reading about my ancestors. I discovered that not only did some come to the new world but the ones who didn't take the trip wound up fighting on both sides of the Civil War. I've also been reading Michael Arnold's Civil War novels which I think are really good. I have been reading Pikeman's Lament and trying to decide to take the plunge into ECW. I guess I would have to be Royalist, which side would you want to be on? Oh, and which figures would you buy.

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse01 Apr 2017 5:41 a.m. PST

A Covenanter for choice.

I'm assuming you actually mean "The Wars of the Three Kingdoms" but it is possible you intend to concentrate on the "English" aspect of the wars (which inconveniently included the Welsh & the Cornish). If so that excludes those in hodden grey as well as James Graham (that's the Marquess of Montrose to you) & folk of that ilk.

marmont1814 Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Apr 2017 6:15 a.m. PST


Sandinista01 Apr 2017 4:06 p.m. PST

A Leveller, or perhaps a boatman


Supercilius Maximus02 Apr 2017 3:58 a.m. PST

I like to describe myself as a "default monarchist" on the basis that I don't think anyone put forward as a presidential candidate in the UK today would be as popular as the current royal family (even at their worst).

As I've said before, it would depend on who I was 370 years ago – if I'd been born into the same sort of family that I was in 1959, I'd probably have been a Royalist, since Parliament wasn't too keen on Irish Catholics in their own country, never mind those living in England.

Ostrowski04 Apr 2017 9:48 a.m. PST

Covenanter (early). Leveller (late).

Deuce0306 Apr 2017 1:18 a.m. PST

I think 1066 And All That nailed the dilemma with their "Wrong but Wromantic/Right but Repulsive" line.

Politically and philosophically, my views hew closer to Parliament's. But in the specific circumstances leading up to the war, my heart is entirely with the king. So while I'm glad in the long run that Parliament won the argument (in 1688, if nothing else) it doesn't stop me from sighing sadly while reading of the royalists' travails.

Which side I'd be on? I honestly don't know. I might have found myself a royalist of the Verney/Montrose type, sympathetic to both sides but siding with the king out of loyalty. Or, possibly less likely, a moderate parliamentarian in the Manchester vein. Conceivably I might have switched sides, fighting for Parliament in the first war but then joining Hamilton, or Montrose, in a later war. Or failing that, Monck at the end of the Commonwealth.

I'm sure I had ancestors on both sides of the war. The only one I know about for certain was a committed royalist. But I have disagreed with my own parents enough to know that the position my ancestors took wouldn't necessarily be my own!

In terms of gaming the period (and/or were I to join a re-enactment group), then I'm a royalist, but of course that has the luxury of fiction about it.

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP07 Apr 2017 12:44 p.m. PST

I do both sides. 18mm Blue Moon.

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