Mortality, medical care and military welfare in the British Civil Wars

Edited by David Appleby and Andrew Hopper

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  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-2482-1
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £90.00 (incl. VAT)
  • Published Date: July 2018
  • BIC Category: History, HISTORY / General, Humanities / Military history, Medicine / History of medicine, Humanities / Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700
  • Series: Politics, Culture and Society in Early Modern Britain


Battle-Scarred investigates the human costs of the British Civil Wars. Through a series of varied case studies it examines the wartime experience of disease, burial, surgery and wounds, medicine, hospitals, trauma, military welfare, widowhood, desertion, imprisonment and charitable endeavour. These issues demand our attention because the percentage population loss in these conflicts was far higher than during the two World Wars, rendering the Civil Wars arguably the most unsettling experience the British peoples have ever undergone. This volume will explore these themes from these varied new angles, drawing upon the insights shared at the inaugural conference of the National Civil War Centre in August 2015, and since developed further in the Centre's well-received 'Battle-Scarred' exhibition on the same theme. This volume shows how military history is broadening its remit, and reaching out to new audiences.


David J. Appleby is Lecturer in Early Modern British History at the University of Nottingham

Andrew Hopper is Associate Professor in English Local History at the University of Leicester


David J. Appleby and Andrew Hopper

Part I: Mortality
1 Battlefields, burials and the English Civil Wars
Ian Atherton
2 Controlling disease in a civil-war garrison town: military discipline or civic duty? The surviving evidence for Newark upon Trent, 1642-46
Stuart B. Jennings

Part II: Medical care
3 A new kind of surgery for a new kind of war: gunshot wounds and their treatment in the British Civil Wars
Stephen M. Rutherford
4 'Stout Skippon hath a wound': the medical treatment of Parliament's infantry commander following the battle of Naseby
Ismini Pells
5 'Dead hogges, dogges, cats and well flayed carryon horses': royalist hospital provision during the First Civil War
Eric Gruber von Arni
6 Gerard's Herball and the treatment of war-wounds and contagion during the English Civil War
Richard Jones

Part III: The hidden human costs
7 The third army: wandering soldiers and the negotiation of parliamentary authority, 1642-51
David J. Appleby
8 'The deep staines these Wars will leave behind': psychological wounds and curative methods in the English Civil Wars
Erin Peters
9 The administration of military welfare in Kent, 1642-79
Hannah Worthen
10 'To condole with me on the Commonwealth's loss': the widows and orphans of Parliament's military commanders
Andrew Hopper
11 'So necessarie and charitable a worke': welfare, identity and Scottish prisoners of war in England, 1650-55
Chris R. Langley

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