As you may have gathered it has been a bit hectic around here what with one thing and another. My painting has suffered and indeed slowed to a crawl but not only that but so has my reading. Now I know that some wargamers out there don't do reading- unless it be rule books or "games" but I do. After all without period knowledge how can you tell if your currently chosen ruleset is twaddle or not?
So at the moment I have three new books in hand - though I have had two of them for some time. All are from Helion and all are a bit tasty.
First up "The Kings Irish" by the ever dependable John Barratt. This is a workmanlike account of the trials and tribulations of those "Irish" troops who landed in England to fight for Charles I in the first civil war. This book does exactly what it says on the cover. giving an account of those units who , from the English Army in Irealnd sent to put down the 1641 rising were enabled to return to England because of the "Cessation" signed by Charles I with his Irish Catholic subjects. These troops were certainly battle hardened and used to harsher campaigning but by no means all supported the Kings cause- more than a few changed sides after the Battle of Nantwich.
I bought this as a counterpoint to Abrams excellent study of Breretons Cheshire Parliamentarian army since many of the Kings Irish units landed in Cheshire and North Wales and came into contact with Brertons forces. "Irish" troops were also involved in other campaigns and the book gives decent coverage here as well. This volume gives a concise and readable account of a group of regiments which the King thought might win him the war but never quite lived up to their potential . Fascinating. Recommended.
Physically the book is the usual "Century of the Soldier" format and a softback but otherwise sturdy. Colour plates by Sean O'Brogain are well up to that artists usual standard as are those of Flags by Dr. Les Prince. Any other comment of mine is superfluous other than Buy the thing !