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Taken Yesterday at the Battle of Maidstone Re-enactment. I called it 'Truth' as this was the Parliamentarian's watchword in the battle.

The 1st June 2008 marked the 360th anniversary of the Battle of Maidstone when Lord General Fairfax, in one of the bloodiest and hard fought battles of the Civil War, defeated the Royalist insurgents under the Earl of Norwich. He had been on his way up country to protect against an imminent invasion from the Scots when rebellion broke out in Kent. Canterbury, Rochester, Sittingbourne, Faversham and Sandwich were seized by the Royalists and so the loyal Parliamentarian, Fairfax, was ordered back down South to deal with the immediate threat coming closer to London.

By the evening Fairfax had secured the outer defences and stood before Maidstone itself, intending to storm the town the following morning, however later on that night heavy skirmishes broke out, amid heavy rain Fairfax decided to make a general assault. The Royalists resisted in a series of furious street battles, but their barricades were gradually overwhelmed and the defenders were driven back through the town to make a stand at Gabriel’s Hill. Repeatedly the Royalist cannons fired, but under the leadership of Farifax the Parliamentarians maintained their cohesion and continued to inch forward.

During a pause in the fighting the Parliamentarian arm shouted their watchword ‘Truth’ and charged the guns before the Royalists could reload. Within minutes they were overlwhelmed as the rest of Fairfax’ men came over the hill. The Royalists retreated up Week Street but continued to hold their opponents in check for more than an hour with disciplined musket fire. Finally they were driven into St Faith’s churchyard making a courageous last stand before finally surrendering in the early hours of Friday 2nd June.

1400 Royalists were taken prisoner, 300 were slain. Parliamentary losses were 80 killed, most losing their lives on Gabriels Hill.

Thanks as always for your time, your comments/thoughts are very welcome.
Regards - Sarah x

Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikkor 18-200 VR Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:'Truth'
Username:Sezz Sezz
Uploaded:2 Jun 2008 - 4:22 PM
Tags:Battle of maidstone, Civil war, Close-up / macro, History, Kent., Lord general fairfax, Maidstone, Parliamentarians, Royalists, The sealed knot
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User_Removed
2 Jun 2008 - 4:48 PM

Excellent details, well captured. Interesting history too!

Mark

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Hoffy
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2 Jun 2008 - 5:01 PM

Outstanding quality and colour on this.

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rontear
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2 Jun 2008 - 5:10 PM

Well isolated, explains so much Sarah. Ron.

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MickyMc
MickyMc  7 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2008 - 5:30 PM

A great detailed picture and information, Thank you
Mavis

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LuzDeNoche
2 Jun 2008 - 5:37 PM

Superb detail, the part suggesting the whole.
Hope there are more to come?
Smile Lucy

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Glynn
Glynn  81169 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2008 - 5:54 PM

Excellend composition and stunning detail. The blue against the tan glove and wooden stock really makes the shot.
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pamelajean Critique Team 8806 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1636 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2008 - 6:09 PM

This is great, it's all down to the detail, and the wood against the blue uniform is so striking, beautifully done. I also like the diagonal of the weapon and the beauty of its various parts.

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2008 - 6:52 PM

Brilliant colour and comp' Sezz, this works VERY well.
Sadly, my day started bad, and got worse, so i never made it into Maidstone, but thanks for letting me know about it. My internet has also been down, so couldn't reply at the time. Guess it can only get better.
Great History, by the way, really interesting stuff, thank you for that.

John Smile

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mark1309
mark1309  7 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2008 - 6:57 PM

Nice composition, colours and detail (and history), it works well,
mark.

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dathersmith
2 Jun 2008 - 8:22 PM

Great shot Sarah, nice composition and super detail.

Darren.

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chris-p
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2 Jun 2008 - 8:29 PM

Cracking detail...darn good narrative too...

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2008 - 10:58 PM

Thank to everyone for your time and comments.

Sarah x

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Nigel_95
Nigel_95 e2 Member 8260 forum postsNigel_95 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2008 - 11:42 PM

I like the diagonal line of the gun in this close up Sarah.

Nigel

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C_Daniels
C_Daniels  9399 forum posts England10 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jun 2008 - 9:24 AM

Good shot Smile

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backbeat
backbeat e2 Member 8134 forum postsbackbeat vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jun 2008 - 9:28 AM

love this one sarah..the colours and detail are fabulous, and the line of the gun makes for a fine composition

excellent!!

phil

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SueTurner
SueTurner  1081 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jun 2008 - 9:39 AM

a very good study, the colours and textures and crop all work so well together

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Wooly
Wooly  9112 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jun 2008 - 12:17 PM

A excellent array of textures and tones in this Sarah.

Sorry about the click and runs, I'm always trying to play catch up, but I needed to come back to read your first class fascinating write up.

Superb.

Alan

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3 Jun 2008 - 1:28 PM

Wonderful colourful image, love the colours and detail.
Cheesey.

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sunshot
sunshot  9 United Kingdom
3 Jun 2008 - 3:52 PM

very well composed, the detail is stunning.

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HebLight
HebLight  6 England
3 Jun 2008 - 5:56 PM

What a cracking shot (excuse the pun!). Vibrant colours, lots of texture, loads of detail, perfectly cropped. From what I have seen of your portfolio not your usual but, boy, have you done this one justice. Change of direction for a while maybe?

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jun 2008 - 6:10 PM

Thanks everyone, really appreciated!

Les - thank you, I should like to do some more but don't have too many shots from the day. I was stood behind a double skinned barrier and being how should we say 'vertically challenged' could only just get a few shots by standing on tip toes and hoping. Most of my Royalists and Parliamentarians have no legs Wink and I was more 'crushed' then they were! To top it all, I was stood by the platform for the press and by the time the battle started lots of people with tiny compacts were stood on it - grrr Wink

Sarah x

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Rock e2 Member 12Rock vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jun 2008 - 8:05 PM

Lock Stock and Barrel !

Fine work.

Rock

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Rylands
Rylands  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jun 2008 - 8:16 PM

A truly superb image Sarah, colour and detail are excellent - your notes are as usual enthralling but was it not Sir Thomas Fairfax and his Parliamenary title was Lord General of the Army.
Ray

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jun 2008 - 8:26 PM

I stand corrected Sir Smile He was indeed a Sir and Lord General of the new model Army I believe?

Sarah x

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Adrian_Reynolds

Great crop and colour Sarah, choosing to do it like this was a super idea, the large is amazing, fine image, Adrian

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newy17  8273 forum posts United Kingdom
3 Jun 2008 - 9:25 PM

Stunning work Sarah,
ian

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4 Jun 2008 - 8:09 AM

Blimey - a bit of a do then!!!
Nice picture- effective composition!


Pete

ps who's your money on to succeed AG?

Pete

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4 Jun 2008 - 9:08 AM

Superb narrative to accompany this supebly coloured and textured image
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JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
4 Jun 2008 - 5:03 PM

The glove is so intriguing. JNC

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5 Jun 2008 - 1:19 PM

Wonderful composition, the colours and details are outstanding.

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jun 2008 - 3:52 PM

Adrian, Ian, Pete, Chant, Jean and Andrew - thank you very much.

Sarah x

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6 Jun 2008 - 3:55 PM

Beautifully captured detail and a wonderful description, I learn a lot from your PF!
Jon

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wyatturp
wyatturp  9 England
7 Jun 2008 - 11:20 AM

Excellent details and good to look at

DougSmile

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VintageRed
9 Jun 2008 - 10:54 AM

Strong image Sarah. Freud would have something to say I'm sure!
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Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jun 2008 - 5:24 PM

Thanks guys!

Sarah x

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Andysnapper e2 Member 6105 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jun 2008 - 11:36 AM

Beautifully detailed picture, the grain of the wood and the colour in the cloth are excellent, and great close crop, really imaginative.

Andy

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FredF  8 France
15 Jul 2008 - 3:53 PM

Superb image, great details.

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29 Aug 2008 - 6:41 PM

I like what you have done with this, very origenal and well done

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