A talk with Alex Craven looking at how suspected Royalists from the south west were treated after a failed uprising against the rule of Oliver Cromwell in 1655.
After the uprising, Cromwell as Lord Protector imposed a system of military government across England and Wales. The country was divided into several regions, each governed by a Major-General, who were commanded to take bonds for good behaviour from suspected Royalists.
In the south west, Major-General Desborough took bonds from over 5,000 men, many of them of very humble status. Alex Craven will explore who these south-west ‘suspected persons’ were, and examine what it meant to be included amongst their number.
Alex Craven is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Regional History Centre, UWE, Bristol and a contributing editor to the Victoria County History of Gloucestershire.
Part of the UWE Regional History Centre and M Shed seminar series. Other seminars in the series are:
- 16 October 2014: Everyday Lives: Africans in South West England during the Tudor period
- 20 November 2014: The Wild West? Crime and the commons in Yate c.1790-1830
- 18 December 2014: The poor in Victorian Bristol: How the city preserved its slums
- 15 January 2015: City Docks to Harbourside
- 19 February 2015: As Bristol becomes more visible, it disappears
- 19 March 2015: The tale of Thomas Perks of Mangotsfield
- 16 April 2015: The Bristol region in the age of Magna Carta
- 18 June 2015: A Hogarthian second city?
British Sign Language Interpreters are available for all of the Regional History Centre talks, but must be booked in advance – please contact us to book. Interpreters will be cancelled on the Monday prior to the talk if no bookings are made.