It is October 1642. The 500 men of Lord Robartes Regiment, part of the newly formed
Parliamentary Army, stand firm in the face of the advancing Royalist troops at the
Battle of Edgehill, the first major engagement of the English Civil War.
This day is the culmination of religious, social, economic and political tensions
that have torn the country in two, setting brother against brother and leading the
country into some 18 years of civil war and resulting in the death of a king and
the setting up of a republic.
For Lord John Robartes, a Cornish Member of Parliament, and his regiment Edgehill
marks the start of a journey that would see them fight in many major engagements
across the country until being absorbed into Parliament’s New Model Army under Oliver
Cromwell on its formation in 1644.
Nearly 370 years later and the re-enactors of Lord Robarte’s Regiment (part of Waller’s
Brigade of the Army of Parliament in the Sealed Knot) seek to recreate a key period
in our history that shaped many of the freedoms we enjoy today.
We want to help inform, educate and yes, entertain too.
Come and experience the sights and sounds of the battlefield in full scale battles
Add something special to your event or venue with a drill display showing the different
arms and/or our impressive ‘living history’ gives a fantastic insight into every
day life in the 17th century. Enquire about booking us.