On 22 August 1642, King Charles raised his standard at Nottingham and called on his subjects to support him against Parliament. Those who did support him were called Royalists. His soldiers were known by the enemy as Cavaliers. Although Cavalier simply means horseman, it was an insult since the word was commonly used for the Spanish Cavaliers (Caballeros), who had a reputation for cruelty and brutality in the Dutch Wars. However, it soon became quite elegant and romantic to be known as Cavaliers. They were clothed in dashing uniforms that were based on court dress of the day. They wore knee-length leather boots, tunics and hats complete with plumes.
This was the beginning of the English Civil War or as we know it now.
The below worksheets are suitable for Year 8 children and explore areas of the English Civil War. All resources are free to download and use within the classroom environment. They have been kindly submitted by real teachers and each worksheet has successfully been used in schools across the world.
This section is one of the most comprehensive on the website with the worksheets varying in nature but cover key events surrounding the Civil War. Everything from the causes of the war right through to the Irish rebellion are looked at within this section.