Drumming in the English Civil Wars, by Michael Pfeil
Booklet published by Stuart Press in 1997, 36 pages. A5 size booklet (N6818)
And so tabourers beat with great effect at the great feast held by Edward I held in Westminster Hall in 1306. Edward III went one step further, he appointed a tabourer into the royal household and, for the first time on British soil, brought them into play during a battle. A ballad describes their use during Edward's victory over the Scots at Hallidown Hill; he did so alongside well orchestrated cries and with the purpose of striking terror into the foe, a kind of 14th century psychological warfare. The noise of the drums was not only meant to demoralize the Scots but also to strengthen the resolve of the English. As long as the fighters could hear the drums beating victory could still be theirs if they fought on resolutely. And here closes the circle because this is exactly the same way in which more than 100 years earlier the saracens had used their drums....
The condition of the booklet is generally very good. The cover has one or two minor scuffs, but the staple spine is intact, and all pages are intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover