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Thirty Year's War - 400 Yea'rs On... Military history and the military revolution in the early 17th century

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The conference marks the four hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the Thirty Years war in 1618, one of the most serious periods of war in Europe.

It was however a time when arguable the pace of change in military strategy, tactics and weaponry accelerated – a period called the Military revolution by some.

The speakers at the conference focus on a number of issues related to this change such as military commanders, moral dilemmas and massacres as well as medical practices, local militia forces, and Britain’s involvement in the war on the continent. These new perspectives will broaden and deepen our understanding of military change and developments in this tumultuous period.

  • From: Wednesday 11 July 2018, 9 am
  • To: Wednesday 11 July 2018, 5.30 pm
  • Registration: 9 am - 9.30 am
  • Location: Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Lane, Nottingham NG11 8NS,
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Event details


09:00am – 09:30am

Registration and coffee

Conference opens

09:30am – 10.00am
Room:  CTLP 09/10

Martyn Bennett, Nottingham Trent University

WelcomeAndy Grainger

British Council for Military History Presentation - Andy Grainger

10.00am - 11.30am

Session One

Room: CTLP 09/10

Chair Richard Bullock

Daniel P Franke Richard Bland College, William and Mary

The Seventeenth-Century military revolution: A medieval Perspective

David Blackmore

An assessment of Sir Thomas Fairfax, cavalry commander.

11.30am - 1pm

Room: CTLP 09/10

Chair: Maxine Spry

Bethany Marsh, University of Nottingham,

The Long Parliament and the pan-European Protestant perspective on relief to ‘Irish’ refugees, 1641-1643Marsh

Ismini Pells, University of Leicester,

Holes in the head, imbecilic legs and a wolf in the arm: Civil War medical practice in British and European perspective

David J Appleby, University of Nottingham,

Fleshing out a massacre: Shelford House and the potentialities of the ‘Conflict warfare and memory’ project.

1pm - 2pm

Room CTLP 05/06


Session Three

2pm  - 3.30pm

Room: CTLP 09/10

Chair Laura Charles

Steve Murdoch University of St Andrews

Britain and the Thirty Years War: The Evolution of a Field of Study

Mary Jacobs, University of Glasgow,

‘A Good name is above all riches’; Demobilised Manhood following the English Civil Wars.

Katherine Zickermann, University of the highlands and Islands,

Scottish Widows of the Thirty Years’ War

3.30pm - 3.45pm


Session Four

3.45pm -5.00pm

Room: CTLP 09/10

Chair: Helen Gair

Glenn Price, University of Keele,

Roads, Routes and wagoneers – land transport in the British Civil Wars

Peter Leadbetter,

How the Trained Band system worked under the Early Stuarts.

17.00 to 17.15

Room: CTLP 09/10

Conference Closes

Location details


Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Lane, Nottingham NG11 8NS


Parking for external visitors is available on Clifton Campus. Please arrive via the main entrance where you will be directed by the gate staff.

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