History: Book Series

Petitions after the English Civil Wars 1642-1710

Conflict, Welfare and Memory

Petitions after the English Civil Wars 1642-1710: Conflict, Welfare and Memory is a five volume series of transcriptions of petitions to local and central authorities from veterans and their families for welfare payments as a result of injuries and bereavement sustained during the English Civil Wars.

The Civil Wars were a time of terrible conflict. In England and Wales alone, a greater proportion of the population died as a result of the Civil Wars than in the First World War. For those who survived, thousands suffered from terrible injuries whilst widows, children and other family members faced daily struggles as a result of bereavement. More positively, the Civil Wars were also a watershed moment in the history of military welfare, with pensions not only to veterans but also to their families being offered for the first time on a widespread scale in British history.

This series of volumes demonstrate, as never before, the extent of the impact of the Civil War upon its participants and their families, down to the lowest levels of society who rarely feature in the standard narratives of the period. The volumes provide access to information from eye-witnesses about the human costs of this devastating conflict, which continued to affect communities long after the fighting was over. The volumes are divided regionally into the Northern Counties, the Midlands and East Anglia, Wales and the Marches, London and the South Eastern Counties and The South Western Counties

The volumes in this series are the perfect reference resource for researchers and students of the English Civil War, the Restoration, early modern British History and the military history more broadly.

Volume 1: The Northern Counties, edited by Professor Andrew Hopper (University of Leicester). Cumberland, Durham, Lancashire, Northumberland, Westmorland, and the three Ridings of Yorkshire, as well as the Cities of York and Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and the town and county of Kingston-upon-Hull.

Volume 2: The Midlands and East Anglia, edited by Dr David J. Appleby (University of Nottingham). Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely, Derbyshire, Essex, Huntingdonshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Rutland, Staffordshire, Suffolk and Warwickshire, plus the cities of Coventry and Norwich.

Volume 3: Wales and the Marches, edited by Dr Lloyd Bowen (University of Cardiff). Brecknockshire, Cheshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Caernarvonshire, Denbighshire and Haverfordwest. The remaining counties of Anglesey, Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire, Flintshire, Glamorganshire, Merionethshire, Monmouthshire, Montgomeryshire, Pembrokeshire, Radnorshire, do not have surviving material but will be discussed in the introduction.

Volume 4: London and the South Eastern Counties, edited by Dr Ismini Pells (University of Leicester). Berkshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Middlesex, Surrey and Sussex, plus the cities of London and Westminster. This volume will be augmented with petitions and certificates from the National Archives State Papers 16, 18 and 29.

Volume 5: The South Western Counties, edited by Professor Mark Stoyle (University of Southampton). Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Somerset, plus the cities of Bristol and Exeter.