Patriarchy and the British Civil Wars

Sara Siona Régnier-McKellar


In early modern England, the family was understood as emblematic of the social and political order; thus, during the Civil Wars, the protection of the family -- both private and political -- was presented as the surest way of assuaging God's wrath and re-establishing order in the three kingdoms. The following article will explore the ways that patriarchy was used to legitimise the authority and actions of the men sentenced to death for high treason during and immediately following the Civil Wars.

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