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English Civil War Foote


A pikeman and a musketeer from the 17th century.
The pikeman in this picture actually holds a halberd, which would have been particularly effective against mounted opponents. He is also armed with a mortuary sword hanging to his left, and is protected by a pikeman's back and breast armour with a pot morion helmet.
The musketeer in the left of the picture shows the much lighter arms of this branch. His only protection is his buff coat and his weapons. He carries the match-lock musket of the time, with a rapier for close combat and the powder charges and priming flask can clearly be seen.
The event was an archelogical open day on The Mount, York, where evidence of a Civil War battery or sconce had been found prior to building work.


Mill Mount, York, England. September 2004

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