Blood and misery in this sad tragedie
Monday 15th July 2024
6.00pm to 7.30pm
Hampshire Record Office, Winchester
In this illustrated talk, Dr Alistair Dougall will explore how the English Civil War involved and affected the people of Hampshire. Although there was only one major battle in the county together with a number of sieges, there were numerous skirmishes and the Hampshire people were not spared the enormous human and financial costs of the war. Using contemporary accounts, Alistair’s talk will look at the impact on families of quartering soldiers from both sides and of plundering, robberies, impressment, intimidation and attacks, and at how, by the end of “these unnatural wars”, many had had their houses and livelihoods utterly destroyed.
There will also be an opportunity to look at original Hampshire archives from the Civil War and Interregnum period, including manuscripts concerning the siege of Basing House, and a record of the births of Oliver Cromwell’s grandchildren.