By MARGARET GRIFFIN
This booklet records the dedication of the commanders of Charles I’s armies to spiritual observance and ethical self-discipline. via a detailed textual research of revealed army laws, royal proclamations, and injunctions, an extended culture of British army legislation is printed and developmental styles of impression within the orders are traced. In those assets, swearing, drunkenness, fornication, and duelling, in addition to attendance at prayers and sermons have been perennial matters and it can be essential to think again the stereotypical photo of the Cavalier. The legit starting place of the British military Chaplains' Corps is ultimately pointed out and proven to belong within the Royalist military. Many information about attitudes to and the prestige of girls within the King's armies are supplied.
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28. 41 Underdown, Fire From Heaven, 76–7. For examples of contemporary swearing nothing comes close to the obviously enjoyed presentation by Montagu, passim; for pre-reformation oaths, see 130–1, for the seventeenth century, see Chapt. 9. 42 Throughout the book, Underdown discusses the related oﬀences of abuse and GRIFFIN_f2_1-21 10/15/03 1:26 PM Page 15 15 The use of the phrase “unlawful oaths” in Essex’s article against swearing implies that there were lawful oaths and, of course, there were many: the coronation oath; the “oaths” meaning the oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy; judicial oaths; oaths of oﬃce, many of which, for ministers of state, are recorded in the Privy Council Registers, but for lesser oﬃcials as well, including oﬃcers and soldiers of the King.
It also forbade rape, as well as making war upon women, if they were not bearing arms, upon pain of hanging. The concepts covered by these articles turn up again and again in subsequent English military orders. 15 To these articles was added one that regulated the attendance of whores with the army. They were to be stationed at least one league from the army, and a whore could be punished with “the fracture of the left arm . . ”16 Henry V’s orders also included the ﬁrst regulation of pillage (as separate from spoiling churches): soldiers were to share one third of their loot with their Captains.
It meant that the orders were intended to establish the law which would regulate all the King’s forces whether in the ﬁeld or in garrisons. 9 A man who was hanged on May 20, 1639 for maliciously burning a hay stack provided of his Excellence the Right Honourable Thomas Earl of Arundel and Surrey (Newcastle: Robert Barker, 1639). SP 16/415/116, STC #9335. 5 Edward, Earl of Clarendon, The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England, ed. W. Macray (Oxford: 1888), I:150. 6 Clarendon, I:69–71.
Regulating Religion and Morality in the King's Armies, 1639-1646 by MARGARET GRIFFIN