We are a group who re-enact the English Civil War as the personal regiment of Robert Devereux, the Lord General of the armies of Parliament in 1642. Robert Devereux, the Third Earl of Essex, affectionately known to his men as ‘Old Robin’ was a veteran of the Thirty Years War in Europe and Lord General of Parliamentary forces when war broke out in 1642.
Our regiment is one of six who make up the City of London Brigade and we fight alongside other Associations of the Army of Parliament against the Royalist Army for charity as part of the Sealed Knot Society. These battles and re-creations of the turbulent times of the middle of the 17th century take place around the country (and occasionally abroad) usually on weekends between May and October. The largest events, known as ‘majors’ are often timed to coincide with public holidays and/or specific historical anniversaries.
Our aim is to promote awareness of the period while providing a safe, interesting and stimulating hobby that can be enjoyed by individuals of all ages. It is a great way to meet new friends in a relaxed environment. We have members from Cumbria, the Midlands, south-east England and Wales. Evenings can be whiled away sharing chat and song in a communal awning, or for those of a more energetic disposition, dancing the night away in the SK beer tent, often to live music.
Historical re-enactment is like nothing you will have done before and not at all what you expect. Curious and would like to give it a go? See our contacts page to find out how. A weekend family guest pass is only £19. Love history? Live history in 2015 with the Earl of Essex Regiment.
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