Emily Cock on Disability in the Early Modern Period

Emily Cock talks to Helen about Thomas Fairfax, the Civil War general who used a wheelchair, as well as the history of disability more generally. What did it mean to have facial scars in the 17th century, and how did the Earl of Arlington use a scar on his nose to curry favour with Charles II?

Thomas Fairfax's wheelchair: https://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/military-history/pre-20th-century-conflict/art549698-thomas-fairfax-english-civil-war-wheelchair

One of Arise Evans' visions: https://www.exclassics.com/pamphlets/pamph019.htm

Louis XIV in his wheelchair: https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/king-louis-xiv-of-france-in-his-wheelchair-in-front-of-the-news-photo/145501029

National Portrait Gallery image of Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington: https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw00179/Henry-Bennet-1st-Earl-of-Arlington?LinkID=mp00134&role=sit&rNo=0

To see what Emily is up to, follow her on twitter: @EmilyNCock

This was produced in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Follow their work here: https://twitter.com/ahrcpress

Producer: Peter Curry @petedoeshistory

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