‘The deep staines these Wars will leave behind’

Psychological wounds and curative methods in the English Civil Wars

in Battle-scarred
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This chapter examines the public narration, in print, of forms of psychological disability brought on by the lingering effects of combat trauma and memories of fear among soldiers and civilians during and after the English Civil Wars. It demonstrates that a popular understanding of the disfiguring and disabling nature of psychological damage developed and discusses the curative methods by which people attempted to treat invisible wounds. Finally, this chapter argues that contemporary responses to the disabling nature of psychological trauma demonstrate a cognisance of the therapeutic value of attempting to construct trauma narratives.


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