Lisles portray an infantry regiment from the British Civil Wars of the mid seventeenth century. We are part of The Sealed Knot taking part in battle re-enactments across the country and beyond throughout the year. Battle events range in size from small skirmishes with a couple of dozen soldiers a side to events with hundreds of participants including cavalry and artillery. When opportunities and locations permit we try to illustrate the events of actual battles of the civil war. At other times we will use generic scripts to show the manouvres and interaction of the elements of 17th century warfare.
Here are some images of our re-enactment events. If you are interested in having Sir George Lisle's regiment at your event please use the contact email at the bottom of the page.
The shot use smooth bore muskets. Found in greater numbers than the pike they were used to engage the enemy up to 150 yards away.
The shot were taken from the recruits and taught to load and fire the smooth bore matchlock musket. While not as effective as the famous archers of previous ages musketeers did not have to be trained from childhood to work.
The pike are the shock infantry of the civil wars. Used to protect the shot from cavalry as well as engaging other infantry in hand to hand combat.
Pikemen were selected from the strongest recruits. They were trained to use the unwieldy pike, sometimes equipped with back and breast armour and a steel helmet and sent to engage the enemy.
Drums and Colours
Drums and colours are the heart of a seventeenth century foot regiment. The colours are distributed through the regiment one per company. They are used as a rallying point following engagements. The colour represents the honour of the unit. Where the colour goes the soldiers follow.
The drums are used to transmit orders from the senior commanders to the company and division officers. Drums also announced the regiments presance upon the field of battle.
Artillery and Support services
Infantry regiments were often supported by small artillery pieces. These small guns were light enough to be moved by hand. They could keep up with the battle line and provided enhanced firepower.
We also have support services. Providing first aid and safety support. Without our support services the rest of the presentation will fall down.
Charge for horse, from a small display an example of all the parts of the regiment working together. Pikes protect the rest from the cavalry. Drums and colours sound and display as the muskets fire at the approaching horses.