Dissent and Debauchery: Women and the English Civil War
A group of second-year students from Southampton University present the results of a collaborative research project.
The Civil War of 1642-1646 and its aftermath constituted a time of great turmoil, turning people’s everyday lives upside down. It not only affected the men in the armies, it also touched the lives of countless ordinary individuals. It is well known that women played a significant role in the Civil War, for example defending their communities from attack and nursing wounded soldiers. What is often forgotten, however, is that some women took advantage of the havoc wrought by the conflict to dissent from conventional positions in society.