The Battle of Prestonpans

In the early morning hours of September 21, 1745, the first significant conflict of the Jacobite rising of 1745 was fought at Prestonpans, East Lothian, Scotland. The Battle of Prestonpans proved that the Jacobite army loyal to James Stuart (son of the deposed King James II) meant business and were fully capable of kicking the ass of the Hanovarian army on George II’s side. 1745 … Continue reading The Battle of Prestonpans

Warrior King

On June 27, 1743, King George II became the last King of England to lead his troops in battle, when he guided them to victory against the French at the Battle of Dettingen during the War of the Austrian Succession. Once upon a time, kings were expected to be warriors, and the military exploits of many English kings have become legendary (think Henry V at … Continue reading Warrior King

Death of a King

On April 6, 1199, King Richard I of England, best known as “Richard the Lionhearted,” died of an arrow wound in France, leaving his brother, John, King of England. Richard received his fatal blow on March 25, when he was out checking the work of sappers undermining a castle he was besieging. He foolishly wasn’t wearing any chainmail, despite the fact that missiles were being … Continue reading Death of a King