Civil War Petitions

Conflict, Welfare and Memory during and after the English Civil Wars, 1642 - 1710

Civil War Petitions contains petitions to the state from veterans and their families for welfare payments as a result of injuries and bereavement sustained during the English Civil Wars. It aims to share information on the human costs of this devastating conflict, which continued to affect communities long after the fighting was over. For more information, please visit the About the Project page.

Use the buttons below to explore these petitions, along with the supporting certificates from military commanders, medical practitioners and local communities. You can also browse the payments given to petitioners, as well as all the people, injuries, military events and places mentioned in the documents.

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The War Wounds of Sir Thomas Fairfax

Looking back on his military service during the Civil Wars, Thomas 3rd Lord Fairfax penned his Short Memorials during the…

They also served

The Civil War Petitions project team frequently agonises over whether to include or reject individuals (or their relations) who were…

The personal cost of war: injuries from firearms and their treatment during the Civil Wars

This is the final instalment in our trilogy of blogs on medical care written for us by Prof. Stephen M.…

Wounds, battlefield trauma, and their survivability in the British Civil Wars

This week's blog is the second in a trilogy of blogs which have been written for us by our colleague…

‘Manie dangerous woundes and shotts’: The physical impact of gunshot wounds in the British Civil Wars

It is a pleasure for Civil War Petitions to be able to introduce our first blog written by our scientist…

‘For the dead fathers sake’: Orphans, Petitions, and the English Civil Wars

Orphanhood – the loss of one’s parents or parent, generally a father – was commonplace in early modern England. According…

Petitions and Reparations: Elizabeth Poyer and Charles II

When King Charles II returned, somewhat unexpectedly, to the throne in 1660, he faced a deluge of petitions and entreaties…

Representing Disability in Shakespeare’s World – The ESRC Festival of Social Science

The ESRC Festival of Social Science is an annual celebration of social sciences, which will take place in 2020 on…

Injuries and Inspections: Ex-Servicemen and the Military Welfare of the Civil Wars

The traces of the maimed ex-servicemen chronicled by the “Civil War Petitions” project are textual. They come in the form…

The Last Soldiers of the English Civil Wars

‘They say I am the last of them alive; they say I am the last roundhead’, begins the fictitious Blandford…