'The Armies teares over Major Bethel': Hugh Peter, poetry and the New Model Army

Marshall, A (2019) 'The Armies teares over Major Bethel': Hugh Peter, poetry and the New Model Army. In: Liverpool Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies - Public Seminar Series, 9 May 2019, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK.

Abstract

This lecture explores the Puritan preacher Hugh Peter’s techniques as a poet. It has at its centre an exploration of his neglected 1645 poem: The Armies Teares over Major Bethel. In the poem, Peter emerges as one of the first of many spokesmen for the Parliamentary soldiery. Indeed, by his poetic dramatizing of Bethel’s battlefield sufferings he showed how the soldier’s life and death could be used to heal the ravages of civil war and educate the civilian reader in God’s providences. Lastly, through this work Peter was able to begin the process of creative myth making of the New Model Army.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Keywords: New Model Army, Hugh Peter, Christopher Bethel, early modern, poetry, Battle of Langport, politics
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2019 15:32
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2019 15:32
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