Now to the nitty gritty of what we actually do. We (Lord Hopton's RegimentEnglish Civil War Society. Before we go any further you should understand that we don't fight for real, or for money, nor do we rape, pillage or sack towns. What we try to ensure however is that the public which pay to watch our events unfold are convinced that we are fighting for real, that the Civil Wars of Britain 355 years were a terrible and bloody period in our English history, it turned father against son, split families all over the region and decimated villages, towns and castles the length and breadth of the country. So Yes! We make it look realistic, but rarely are people hurt and never intentionally, we are at the end of the days battle, the best of mates.) are one of seven Royalist regiments that regularly take to the field of battle under the umbrella which encompasses both the Kings Army and the Roundhead Association and which form the
Major Musters are large displays where about 1000 re-enactors act out a battle or siege. They are generally held on the Bank Holidays during the summer months and on occasion some in between time as well. A major muster is a two day event (Sun/Mon if Bank Holiday). Every morning that we are 'mustered' we drill, as we have to practise the scenarios that will take place during the actual battle. As stated before 'battles' are not free-for-alls they are carefully controlled events in which the battle is fought to a close as decided by the army hierarchy.
Skirmishes These vary rather greatly in size and can involve between 30 to 500 soldiers. With skirmishes we normally re-enact smaller military engagements.
Living History These events are generally performed at an historical building in order to facilitate our presentation. We 'decorate' these buildings with reproduction artefacts from the seventeenth century and try our best to bring to life the situation in which we find ourselves. We populate the site with the regimental members as requested by the site sponsor, and play out scenes of seventeenth century life for the public. Very often skirmishes are interwoven with Living History giving the paying public the best of both our worlds.
Parades and Banquets On the last Sunday in January the entire King's Army hold a parade and ceremony at Whitehall in London to mark the Murder of Charles I. We also have one or two other parades throughout the year, not all of them annually but one that is, during the early spring, is the Cheriton March in Hampshire to commemorate the battle which took place in 1644.