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Clothing from the Civil War Period in the 17th Century


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The 17th century saw Civil war, after a long dispute between King Charles 1 and Parliament. During the English Civil War the Parliamentarians (Roundheads) and Royalists (Cavaliers) fought many fierce battles. The first period of the war lasted from 1642 to 1646. In 1648 fighting once more broke out. This picture shows a display of the sort of uniforms worn by soldiers in the civil war in the 17th century, housed at the Cromwell Museum, Huntingdon. Early in the civil war there was little to distinguish either side except signals such as different colour sashes to show which side a soldier was on. This changed in 1645 with the formation of Parliament's new model army, which was well equipped, organised and clad in red.

4th Dec 2005 by Diane Earl

Citizenship, English, History

Key Stages:
Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3

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