Online Talk

The Impact of the English Civil War on Somerset by Mark Stoyle, Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Southampton

The English Civil War of 1642-46 was the most devastating conflict in this country’s recorded history: many thousands of soldiers were killed and wounded during the fighting, while civilians everywhere saw their lives turned completely upside down. Somerset was one of the most badly affected counties, and was intensely fought over by the supporters of King Charles I and by the supporters of his enemies in Parliament. This lecture explores the impact of the civil conflict on the ordinary people of England, and pays particular attention to the ways in which the war affected the inhabitants of Somerset – most notably, perhaps, the residents of Taunton: a town which was practically razed to the ground during 1645-46.

The talk will be delivered via Zoom. Login details will be emailed out prior to the event.

The talk is in aid of the Victoria County History, one of the World’s longest-running research projects.

Booking Information

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We are offering three ticket types for this event:
Standard ticket is the ‘normal’ price that we would charge for the event, £7.50
Pay a bit more is for those who can afford to, and would like to help support the work of the VCH, £9.50
Pay a bit less is for those who would find the standard ticket a bit of a stretch, for whatever reason, £5

You can purchase whichever ticket you like; you don’t need to give a reason, and you won’t be asked for any proof of need.

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Dates and locations

  • Thursday, 5th November 2020 @7:30