Lord Thomas Grey’s regiment of foote arranging troops to march the path at Bradgate Park before battle commences.
The biggest and strongest men in the unit are Pikeman, carrying a Pike (pole normally made of Ash measuring 16-20 feet long) hence the need for the men to be strong. They wore helmets known as a Morion, the role of Pikeman was to protect the musketeers from the cavalry whilst Musketeers reloaded their weapons.
A Drummer has an important part in the battle as soldiers would struggle to hear orders over the noisy battle ground & the drummer would beat out each specific instruction to soldiers to hear above the horses hooves, noisy cannons, and muskets firing.
For years the longbow played a part in battles but to use one effectively took lots of training. Following black powder the longbow was replaced by a musket due to greater armour penetration and recruits could be trained in just a couple of days.
– Musket firing during re-enactment battle –
– Canon firing during re-enactment battle –
The re-enactment event ended with the Pikeman charging towards the spectators