2046.—Pikeman, 1635. (From a Specimen at Goodrich Court.)details

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2046.—Pikeman, 1635. (From a Specimen at Goodrich Court.)

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A soldier from the English Civil war.

The trained bands were the ridicule of the Cavaliers, as being composed of apprentices, artisans, and shopkeepers of London; they were called the “thimble and bodkin army,” on account of their being supported in their resolute stand against Charles I. by all sorts of contributions from poor and rich in and around London. But they proved the chief means by which the first important victory was gained over Charles, in a battle in which even Clarendon says they “behaved themselves to wonder.”

When the pikemen and musketeers of these civic militia first became actual soldiers, their costume was not altogether that of the regular military Pikeman (Fig. 2046) and Musketeer (Fig. 2043), but they “marched to the field in high-crowned hats, collared bands, great loose coats, long tuchs under them, and calves’-leather boots;” and in this dress “they used to sing a psalm, fall on, and beat all opposition to the deil.”—(Shadwell’s comedy of ‘The Volunteers.’)” (p. 211)



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