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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Sep 2020 10:25 p.m. PST

"I knew nothing at all about this rebellion in the West Country other than vague memories of reference to the Prayer Book Rebellion (I think) in my ‘O' Level History course, so was intrigued by this recently published book by Helion in their relatively new series "From Retinue to Regiment, 1453-1618".

The Commotion Time, The Tudor Rebellion in West, 1549 by Dr E.T. Fox is yet another title covering a very niche and specialised area of military history, something that continues to be Helion's primary focus. The causes of the civil unrest and in some cases armed rebellion during the early years of the Tudor dynasty (this one in the reign of young King Edward VI) are but a vague memory but this book pricked my interest as its primary concern is the military campaign in the West Country. The book describes how the rebellion was fermented and grew until thousands of commoners in Devon and Cornwall took up arms against the King. It is a fascinating and engaging read, full of detail, limited only by the space allowed by the publishers. The standard Helion format is followed, taking the reader through a whistle stop tour of the region in 1549 before embarking on chapters covering the men, arms and accoutrements of the armies of both sides. I knew foreign mercenaries were often employed by the English Crown so wasn't surprised to learn of the Germans and Italians hired to supplement the Royal Army, but the presence of Albanian Stradiot light cavalry was something I'd not expected…"

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BillyNM16 Sep 2020 9:11 a.m. PST

It's a cracking book – while disappointed that Landsknechts are no longer a feature it is a fascinating read.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2020 11:54 a.m. PST



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