Posts Tagged ‘Lords in the Field’

Some Important Swedes

November 5, 2014

I forgot my WoW screenshot so I’ll save it for Friday. I’ve been hanging onto these two for a week or so now so I really should get them posted.

Hans von Koenigsmark

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Listed on wiki as Hans Christoff von Königsmarck, he led Sweden’s flying column, which captured Prague Castle in 1648 to end the Thirty Years’ War.

Arvid Vittenberg

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Wittenberg commanded the Swedish right flank in the Thirty Years’ War under Torstenson (who we will meet later.) He led the army that marched into Poland and convinced the nobles at Ujście to capitulate, setting off the Deluge (Second Northern War). He captured Krakow and led the defense (and submission) of Warsaw after King Jan Kazimir’s return from exile. He died in 1657 in the prison in Zamość, the city/fortress of Jan Zamoyski.

I know these probably bore you guys, but I find it very interesting to learn who these guys really were and what events they participated in.

Three More Down, Four To Go

October 6, 2014

I made an effort last night to get the rest of the Cossacks done. I did pretty good, I think, getting shots of three of the seven I am missing. I did hang out with two others but wasn’t ever lucky enough to get a screenshot before they got knocked out.

Let’s start with Prokop Shumeiko.

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He’s one of the first guys I mentioned here, but it’s taken me this long to get a good shot. He only exists in the game. He carries the banner of Chernihiv (Chernigov) though, which always strikes me as funny because he’s not actually the lord of that city in the game.

Shortly after the battle I got the screenshot in, we assaulted a fortress, and he got shot down before we made it to the ladder. I amused myself by taking screenshots of him unconscious on the ground. Yeah, I’m weird, I know.

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Next we have Pavlo Gomon.

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I could only find one reference to him outside of Mount and Blade, and it’s just a name in a list of atamans. So it appears that he did actually exist, but we don’t know anything about him.

And, I finally got Bogun!

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I believe I have mentioned before that Ivan Bohun did exist and was a close friend of Khmelnytsky. Jurko Bohun in the book and the movie is loosely based on him.

He’s better looking in the movie. Slice and Lyss came to visit me this weekend and I made them watch it. Lyss liked Skrzetuski better. I think she even liked Wolodyjowski better. No doubt those two are both awesome but … I guess I just like bad boys.

Ok, I just need Jalaliy, Sinonos, Vygovsky and Mozyra and I’ll have all of the Cossacks posted.

More Poles

September 29, 2014

Yeah, I still haven’t had any luck getting shots of the rest of the Cossacks. But I spent some time on my Polish subject yesterday and he got to participate in a huge battle between a large number of Poles and one of the Swedish armies that spawn as part of The Deluge questline. So I got enough shots for a couple of days’ worth of posts.

The first shot I got is Jerzy Halecki, who is one of my favorites.

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It was very foggy, so that’s why everything is a bit yellow.

Like Gritsenko, Halecki seems to be one that was just made up for the game.

Next we have Fyodor Obukhovich.

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He’s probably the first lord you actually meet in the game if you follow Clermont’s advice and do the quests that the town elder gives you in Zamoshye. He also only exists within the game.

That is Jan Skrzetuski behind him, but from the other side his face was all bloody and I didn’t like the shot I got of him, so I’m going to try to get a better one because he is important.

I suppose this next guy is important too though. I mean, he *is* the King; Jan II Kazimierz Waza:

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He was elected in 1648, during the Khmelnytsky Uprising. Yes, I said elected. Did you know that the Polish Commonwealth had elected kings rather than an absolute monarchy? I thought that was pretty interesting. The king’s power was held in check by a parliament (the Sejm) and a senate. His brother Wladyslaw was king before him, so being an elected position doesn’t necessarily mean that it strays far from ‘royal’ bloodlines. But it can. His family had also held the Swedish throne until his father was deposed by his father’s uncle in 1599, leading to a long feud and many wars between Sweden and Poland, including this Deluge in 1655.

So Many Ivans

September 18, 2014

So, I haven’t had any luck trying to get shots of the Cossacks I am still missing. I did hang around with Shumeiko and Vygovsky but wasn’t lucky enough to get a shot of either one. I did grab this one, though, because it amused me.

Ivan, Ace, Ivan, and Ivan.

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And that’s not even all of them, that’s just Vygovsky, Sirko, and Hmara. There’s also Bogun and Fedorenko. And of course, that’s not even counting the ones in the Muscovite Tsardom! These guys and their Ivans are just as bad as the Poles and their Jans (Kazimir, Skrzetuski, Zenowicz, Sobieski, and Zamojski).

Speaking of the Muscovite Tsardom, well, they are now history.

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So instead of Cossacks, I give you a couple of Russians who joined our side. These are both from sieges because we have been busy taking all of the Swedes’ stuff.

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Prince Andrei Khovansky (on the left in the screenshot) is the son of Ivan (lol! see?) Khovansky, who led an uprising in 1682 about which an opera, Khovanshchina, was written. As far as I can tell, Andrey only appears in the opera, because every single reference I could find to him is in conjunction with some performance.

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Warlord Vasiliy Buturlin served as the Muscovite envoy in the signing of the Treaty of Pereyaslav in 1654. As far as I can tell, he has no relatives named Ivan.