Growing Up – Children’s Experiences

The Civil Wars changed the lives of families all across the British Isles, and inevitably children became involved not only as passive bystanders, but also as child soldiers fighting in both the Royalist and Parliamentary armies.

Civil War historian, Dr Ismini Pells, a Departmental Lecturer in Local and Social History at the University of Oxford, has uncovered some of these children’s experiences and in this programme she examines the effects of the wars, both on the children who found themselves directly in the line of fire, and on those who were orphaned or made destitute because their fathers were killed or maimed during the conflict.

As Dr Pells explains to Publisher Mike Gibbs, these stories are often difficult to piece together and frequently forgotten by history.

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Ismini Pells

Ismini Pells

Project manager of the Civil War Petitions Project

Dr Ismini Pells is the project manager of the Civil War Petitions Project in the Department for Continuing Education at the University of Oxford. Her research interests…

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