Dr Ismini Pells

Project Manager/Postdoctoral Research Fellow, ‘Welfare, Conflict and Memory’ Dr Pells profile picture

Contact details:

Email: Ismini.pells@le.ac.uk

Office: Room 9, Marc Fitch House, 5 Salisbury Road


Current Research:

I am the Project Manager/Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the AHRC-funded project ‘Welfare, Conflict and Memory during and after the English Civil Wars, 1642-1700’. The project examines the strategies used by maimed soldiers and war widows from the English Civil War to obtain charitable relief, as well as how they represented military service and fashioned themselves as ‘deserving cases’. A fully-searchable website will be created containing digital images and transcriptions of petitions submitted for charitable relief, medical certificates issued in support of these claims, court orders granting relief and accounts of payments. For more information, please visit: http://www2.le.ac.uk/centres/elh/research/project

Research Interests:

My research interests lie in early modern military history and the English Civil Wars in particular. I am especially interested in how ordinary men and women experienced and remembered conflict and the impact of warfare on medical developments. I am also currently expanding my research into the effects of warfare on mental health during this period.



I. Pells, Philip Skippon and the British Civil Wars: the 'Christian Centurion' (Routledge, forthcoming)

I. Pells, ‘Soliciting sympathy and the search for psychological trauma in seventeenth-century British Civil War maimed soldiers’ petitions’, in E. Peters and C. Richards, Early Modern Trauma (University of Nebraska Press, forthcoming)

I. Pells, 'Reassessing frontline medical practitioners of the British Civil Wars in the context of the seventeenth-century medical world', Historical Journal, 62: 2 (2019), pp. 399-425.

I. Pells, ‘‘Stout Skippon hath a wound’: the medical treatment of parliament’s infantry commander following the battle of Naseby’, in A. J. Hopper and D. J. Appleby, Battle-Scarred: Mortality, Medical Care and Military Welfare in the British Civil Wars (Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2018), pp.78-94

I. Pells, ed., New Approaches to the Military History of the English Civil War: Proceedings of the First Helion And Company 'Century of the Soldier' Conference, 2015 (Solihull: Helion and Company, 2016)

I. Pells, ‘Scriptural Truths? Calvinist Internationalism and Military Professionalism in the Bible of Philip Skippon’, in R. F. W. Smith and G. Watson, eds, Writing the lives of people and things, AD 500-1700 (Farnham: Ashgate, 2016), pp. 187-202

I. Pells, ‘Philip Skippon: The Norfolk Genesis of a Parliamentary General’, Norfolk Archaeology, 47:2 (2015), pp. 209-23

I. Pells, ‘Revival, Division & Restoration: The Artillery Company of London, 1611-1660’, Transactions of the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society, 62 (2011), pp. 243-56

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