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By Sezz    
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

Tags: Kent History Close-up and macro Maidstone Civil war Parliamentarians Battle of maidstone The sealed knot Royalists Lord general fairfax

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User_Removed 10 172 1 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2008 4:48PM
Excellent details, well captured. Interesting history too!


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Hoffy 13 262 16 England
2 Jun 2008 5:01PM
Outstanding quality and colour on this.
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
2 Jun 2008 5:10PM
Well isolated, explains so much Sarah. Ron.
MickyMc 10 8 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2008 5:30PM
A great detailed picture and information, Thank you
LuzDeNoche 10 2 France
2 Jun 2008 5:37PM
Superb detail, the part suggesting the whole.
Hope there are more to come?
Smile Lucy
Glynn 12 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2008 5:54PM
Excellend composition and stunning detail. The blue against the tan glove and wooden stock really makes the shot.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2022 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2008 6:09PM
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.
2 Jun 2008 6:52PM
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
mark1309 11 13 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2008 6:57PM
Nice composition, colours and detail (and history), it works well,
dathersmith 11 559 12 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2008 8:22PM
Great shot Sarah, nice composition and super detail.

chris-p Plus
12 67 England
2 Jun 2008 8:29PM
Cracking detail...darn good narrative too...
Sezz 13 617 15 England
2 Jun 2008 10:58PM
Thank to everyone for your time and comments.

Sarah x
Nigel_95 Plus
12 262 2 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2008 11:42PM
I like the diagonal line of the gun in this close up Sarah.

C_Daniels 13 399 10 England
3 Jun 2008 9:24AM
Good shot Smile
backbeat Plus
12 134 1 United Kingdom
3 Jun 2008 9:28AM
love this one sarah..the colours and detail are fabulous, and the line of the gun makes for a fine composition


SueTurner 13 81 3 England
3 Jun 2008 9:39AM
a very good study, the colours and textures and crop all work so well together
Wooly 12 112 4 England
3 Jun 2008 12:17PM
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.


cheesey 12 2 United Kingdom
3 Jun 2008 1:28PM
Wonderful colourful image, love the colours and detail.
sunshot 13 24 United Kingdom
3 Jun 2008 3:52PM
very well composed, the detail is stunning.

HebLight 10 14 England
3 Jun 2008 5:56PM
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?
Sezz 13 617 15 England
3 Jun 2008 6:10PM
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
Rock Plus
16 10 2 England
3 Jun 2008 8:05PM
Lock Stock and Barrel !

Fine work.

Rylands 10 1 2 United Kingdom
3 Jun 2008 8:16PM
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.
Sezz 13 617 15 England
3 Jun 2008 8:26PM
I stand corrected Sir Smile He was indeed a Sir and Lord General of the new model Army I believe?

Sarah x
3 Jun 2008 9:19PM
Great crop and colour Sarah, choosing to do it like this was a super idea, the large is amazing, fine image, Adrian
newy17 12 273 United Kingdom
3 Jun 2008 9:25PM
Stunning work Sarah,
PLCimagery 11 77 1 England
4 Jun 2008 8:09AM
Blimey - a bit of a do then!!!
Nice picture- effective composition!


ps who's your money on to succeed AG?

Chant57 Plus
12 395 3 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2008 9:08AM
Superb narrative to accompany this supebly coloured and textured image
The glove is so intriguing. JNC
Scaramanga Plus
10 56 6 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2008 1:19PM
Wonderful composition, the colours and details are outstanding.
Sezz 13 617 15 England
5 Jun 2008 3:52PM
Adrian, Ian, Pete, Chant, Jean and Andrew - thank you very much.

Sarah x
redstag 12 100 15 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2008 3:55PM
Beautifully captured detail and a wonderful description, I learn a lot from your PF!
wyatturp 12 2 England
7 Jun 2008 11:20AM
Excellent details and good to look at

VintageRed 12 15 1 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2008 10:54AM
Strong image Sarah. Freud would have something to say I'm sure!
Sezz 13 617 15 England
10 Jun 2008 5:24PM
Thanks guys!

Sarah x
Andysnapper 10 109 25 England
26 Jun 2008 11:36AM
Beautifully detailed picture, the grain of the wood and the colour in the cloth are excellent, and great close crop, really imaginative.

FredF 11 1 France
15 Jul 2008 3:53PM
Superb image, great details.

KevSB 14 1.5k 5 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2008 6:41PM
I like what you have done with this, very origenal and well done

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