maandag 27 augustus 2012

Not so quiet on the Western Front

Morgen is het 28 augustus, - Bommen Berend, Gronings/Groningen's ontzet - en dan is het een vrije dag hier in Groningen. De afgelopen maanden heeft uw redactie niet stilgezeten, maar het uitwerken van het onderzoek kost veel tijd.

De eerste foto heeft te maken met een kerk in Leeuwarden, wapenschilden en de Nassau's en ons onderzoek hoopt nader licht te schijnen op vaandels van de Friese regimenten uit de 17e eeuw.

De tweede foto heeft te maken met onderzoek, hierbij ondersteund door Drs. C. Nicolas, naar vaandels en uniformen van de mariniers bij Chatham.

De derde foto is een foto van een kanon in de vestingstad Grave. Tijdens het onderzoek en de excursies de afgelopen maanden hebben we veel beeld materiaal verzameld, waarvan we ene gedeelte op dit blog gaan publiceren en zeer waarschijnlijk ook op een nieuw blog.

Verder nieuws:

Dr. Wienand Drenth heeft een recensie geschreven over een engelstalig boek met betrekking tot de Deense troepen in Ierland. Deze recensie vindt u hier.

Via Jamel Ostwald's blog zijn we gewezen op het weblog van de Engelse historicus Gavin Robinson, die bezig is met onderzoek naar de werking van de cavalerie in de 17e eeuw in Groot-Brittannie.


Tomorrow we celebrate the lifting of the siege of Groningen in 1672. It used to be a day off, but contrary to a very long tradition it seems that more and more people are working that day.

Our editors have been very busy lately and the pictures symbolise in a way, the research we - as part time unpaid historians - do for our and hopefully your enjoyment. The forst picture refers to the Nassau family of Stadhouders in Leeuwarden, Friesland. We think we can shed some light to some flags and colours of the Frisian regiments of the mid and late 17th century.

The second picture refers to our research, togetreher with Drs C. Nicolas, of uniforma and colours of the 1667 dutch marines.

The third picture is a picture of a gun near the local museum in the town of Grave, in Guelders. We did some very inspiring excursions, re-inspiring our interest in the Eighty Years War. We are not quite sure to use the 1672 blog for this or to set up a new one.

Further news: well, there's a excellent review on Dr W. Drenth's blog on a book on Danish troops in Ireland, Jamel Ostwald's blog is of course a great inspiration for researchers, and thanks to his blog I found several links to other weblog's, like Gavin Robinson's one on 17th century cavalry.

Also Jamel has compiled several literature lists on Early Modern Warfare on his blog, which could be helpful to some of you. Unfortunatly the references are to english language books only. I do realise that dutch isn't a world language anymore but I expect from academics a more broader view, like Geoffrey Parker gave us on the Spanish in the 16th century, Lynn on the French, or Stapleton on William III. Dr J.W. Wijn used french, spanish, german and dutch sources for his groundbraking work on Maurice's reforms.

Both the university of Leyden and Amsterdam have research projects on the military in the 17th century, which already has led to several PhD thesises. Unfortunatly only one is translated in English (Olaf van Nimwegen's book).

More to follow soon..

2 opmerkingen:

  1. Thanks for the mention of my blog.
    For what it's worth, my own research does indeed go far beyond English works, including French and Dutch (see my Vauban under Siege for example). But for my blog there are various readers who don't read languages other than English, plus it would require a lot more effort to cite all the non-English works online, although as you point out, there are very few published in Dutch.

  2. Of course I know that, and your blog is very inspirational indeed and has helped me a lot rearranging my data for my own research. AS usual I have gathered a lot of data but it's very difficult to sort it all out, and even using an iPad hasn't helped me out :-)