Emotional landscapes: battlefield memorials to seventeenth century civil war conflicts in England and Scotland

MacKinnon, Dolly (2013). Emotional landscapes: battlefield memorials to seventeenth century civil war conflicts in England and Scotland. In: Fourth International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies, Groningen, Netherlands, (). 1-3 July 2013.

Author MacKinnon, Dolly
Title of paper Emotional landscapes: battlefield memorials to seventeenth century civil war conflicts in England and Scotland
Conference name Fourth International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies
Conference location Groningen, Netherlands
Conference dates 1-3 July 2013
Publication Year 2013
Sub-type Published abstract
Language eng
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My paper analyses the emotional landscape of post-Reformation battlefield memorials to the Civil Wars, and Killing Times, in the British Isles in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Using case study examples from sites in England, and Scotland. These Protestant battlefield sites have a long history of memorialisation, commemoration and pilgrimage. Each space is reconfigured by the highly emotional experience of a hard fought battle in these seventeenth–century religious wars that spilt the blood of martyrs–each loyal to their own version of the true religion–into the landscape.

Rituals of commemoration become associated with these spaces, first through the physical and emotional wounds and scars of the living, and the blood and bodies of the dead. Followed by the perpetuation of memory, printed texts, and finally through monuments erected from the seventeenth century onwards continuing right up to the present. Given battlefields are contested sites–joyous for the victors, and sites of despair, anguish and fear for the vanquished–their memorialisation provides contested collective emotional regimes in response to these landscapes.

These highly charged emotional sites are not only the focus of pilgrimage to the monuments erected in the centuries following these battles, but are also the fledgling mechanisms for nation building and nationhood. The active commemoration of battlefields, and the reconfiguration of their importance in the national story, reflects the stark realities of opposing theological views about the need for an ongoing Reformation within Protestantism. The emotional landscape of civil war battlefield monuments, memory and religious conflict forms an important new aspect of the cultural history of the emotional landscape of the British Isles.
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Additional Notes Presented during "Consolation-scapes: Analysing grief and consolation between space and culture (Session 2)".

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