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Veterans of the Thirty Years War were invaluable in the early Wars of the Three Kingdoms, and this episode looks at why. Why did so many Scots sign up to fight on the continent? Gold? Glory? Escaping a debt? Because they were arrested and forced to? All of the above.


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For this episode, I found the following publications particularly useful:

  • Keynon, Ohlmeyer, The Civil Wars
  • MacKenzie, Kirsteen, The Solemn League and Covenant of the Three Kingdoms and the Cromwellian Union, 1643-1663
  • Miller, James, 'The Scottish mercenary as a migrant labourer in Europe, 1550-1650', in Zürcher, Erik-Jan (ed.), Fighting for a Living: A Comparative Study of Military Labour 1500-2000
  • Murdoch, Steven and Grosjean, Alexia, Alexander Leslie and the Scottish generals of the Thirty Years' War, 1618-1648
  • Murdoch, Steven, Scotland and the Thirty Years' War, 1618-1648



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