The Christian Soldier: Religious Tracts Published for Soldiers on Both Sides During and After the English Civil Wars, 1642-1648

The Christian Soldier: Religious Tracts Published for Soldiers on Both Sides During and After the English Civil Wars, 1642-1648

Edited by Robert Thomas Fallon (LaSalle University )
2003 | 232 pp. | 978-0-86698-301-3 | Cloth 6 x 9 in
MRTS 258 | $35 | £32 |

The Christian Soldier is an edition of several short seventeenth-century pamphlets composed for the spiritual and political guidance of the common soldiers on both sides during the English Civil War. Among them are The Souldiers Pocket Bible, a collection of biblical verses illustrating the proper behavior for a Parliamentary soldier "before the fight, in the fight, and after the fight," and two editions of The Souldiers Catechisme, one for "the Parliaments Armie," the other for "the Kings Armie." The Christian Soldiers Penny Bible, also included, is a later edition, published in 1693 and judiciously revised to render it appropriate for the royalist armies of William III.

The author supplements the texts with lucid and extensive commentary, explaining the military allusions for readers unfamiliar with the campaigns and battles of the Civil War, and clarifying the political and religious conflicts of the time. The Christian Soldier is a book of compelling interest to a wide range of students and scholars: military, political, and social historians, theologians, and chaplains of the armed services.