Petitions and Certificates

Thousands of maimed soldiers, war widows and orphans across England and Wales submitted petitions for welfare payments in response to their injuries and bereavements sustained in the Civil Wars. The petitions were often accompanied by certificates to prove that the claimants to military welfare were genuine cases. Sometimes these were provided by the medical practitioners who had tended their wounds. Sometimes they were drafted by military officers, confirming that the claimant had served under their command. In other instances, they were drawn up by a claimant’s neighbours who were eager to reduce their parish’s poor rate by securing a county pension for the claimant.

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‘Members of one another’s miseries’: care in the community during and after the Civil Wars

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'A turbulent Crosgrained [blank]': Reputation and Defamation in Civil War Petitions

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New Wars on Old Battlefields: Disputes in Later Seventeenth-Century Brigstock, Northamptonshire

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‘Civil War, Memory and Authority’: A Conference Blogpost

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The Parents of Wounded and Fallen Soldiers: Two Case Studies from Warwickshire

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Old Wives’ Tales: Long-term Medical Care during the English Civil Wars

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The Civil Wars and the Wider World

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Allegiance and the Art of Survival: Colonel Henry Farr

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Face to Face with a Maimed Soldier: Captain Richard Vaughan

As with so many historical figures who were not of the social elite, the maimed soldiers and widows whose petitions…

Katherine de Luke: Widow, Petitioner, and Royalist Agent

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