Royalist hospital provision during the First Civil War
Eric Gruber von Arni
This chapter examines the philosophy and measures adopted by Charles I and his Council of War to provide hospitals and care for their army’s sick and wounded. The King’s army faced horrendous logistical, medical and environmental problems throughout the wars. His Council of War formed a centralised command system operating under the King’s autocratic personal direction. Their complete failure to coordinate an effective casualty care policy led, inevitably, to grossly insanitary living conditions and diseases. Surgical facilities were established at New Inn Hall Street and Sunningwell with an isolation hospital in Yarnton Manor. Overall, the King’s administrators adopted a very different approach towards casualty care that compared unfavourably with that of their enemies.