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Alexander Leslie and the Scottish Generals of the Thirty by Alexia Grosjean

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By Alexia Grosjean

Box Marshal Alexander Leslie used to be the top score commander from the British Isles to serve within the Thirty Years’ warfare. even though Leslie’s existence offers the thread that runs via this paintings, the authors use his tale to discover the affects of the Thirty Years’ struggle, the British Civil Wars and the age of army Revolution.

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There remained an expectation of ownership 20 Alexander Leslie and the Scottish Generals of the Thirty Years’ War, 1618–1648 and proficiency to be demonstrated at wapinschaws in order that they could be utilized in the defence of the realm if so required. During the early part of James VI’s reign, wapinschaws were organized by the regency government. The first of these was held in July 1578, although it was only in 1584, once James had reached his majority, that it was decreed that wapinschaws were to be held twice a year.

It is not clear why the Dutch remained stubborn on this point. However, for those who sought to climb higher there was another option open to them. 70 As Spens’s title implies, in Sweden no glass ceiling was applied to foreigners who took service there, and it was apparent that a command position was easily in the grasp of the competent military entrepreneur. Sweden: The Unofficial Alliance When Sweden broke from the Danish-controlled Kalmar Union in 1523, it did so with foreign aid, principally from Lübeck and northern Germany.

Among these we find one commanded by Captain John Campbell, which is curious for the presence of the common soldier William MacGregor. 45 If nothing else, this again hints at both the complexities of clan loyalty and the ways in which those finding themselves with legal obstacles against them could gain redemption though military service. 50 The Stuart monarch’s concerns were hardly unfounded, his having survived several attacks largely undertaken by various members of the Ruthven family. In 1582 James was kidnapped by William Ruthven, first Earl of Gowrie, and supporters, including Archibald Douglas, eighth Earl of Angus, and held captive until making good his escape.

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