Unicorns History of the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry, 1794-1899

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Jonathan Hunt’s superbly researched Unicorns reveals that the history of the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry is inextricably linked to that of its home county of Nottinghamshire.

Formed in 1794, as part of the Nottinghamshire Yeomanry, the Regiment had a primarily policing role until the mid-nineteenth century. This was a turbulent period with fears of revolutionary contagion and Napoleonic invasion. Social unrest took the form of the Bread Riots, Luddism, Republicanism, Reform Bill ...

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Unicorns: History of the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry 1794-1899

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Overview

Jonathan Hunt’s superbly researched Unicorns reveals that the history of the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry is inextricably linked to that of its home county of Nottinghamshire.

Formed in 1794, as part of the Nottinghamshire Yeomanry, the Regiment had a primarily policing role until the mid-nineteenth century. This was a turbulent period with fears of revolutionary contagion and Napoleonic invasion. Social unrest took the form of the Bread Riots, Luddism, Republicanism, Reform Bill riots and, finally, the Chartist uprisings. The old order represented by Nottinghamshire’s great landed gentry, other property owners struggled to control the aspirations of the middle and working classes during the Industrial Revolution, and the Regiment was a powerful tool in doing this.

By 1850, the nascent police force assumed the Regiment’s role and it became a reserve Hussar unit. Now resplendent in green and gold uniforms, ‘the colors of gorse in bloom’, the Regiment regularly paraded in front of large crowds at Newark, Retford, Mansfield and Worksop. For all the glamour the SRY was highly professional but little did they realize how they were about to be tested. The Regiment’s twentieth century history will be covered in the Author’s second volume Hard Fighting, due to be published in 2014.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781848845473
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
  • Publication date: 9/19/2014
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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