Source 1: wives and mothers


That your petitioner [Mary Robinson] is a very aged woman, and hath for this two yeares or thereabouts bin bedridd [bedridden, unable to walk] but haveinge sent her sonne with a horse and armes into the Kings Armye, and maintaineing him in that service, her estate is therefore sequestred [confiscated], and being hartily sorry for this her offence. Shee humbly prayes this honourable Committee to take her distressed condition into consideration

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This is a petition from Mary Robinson to a Parliamentary Committee that dealt with confiscated lands, July 1646.

  1. Which side did Mary support?
  2. Why is she making this petition or request?
  3. How might the Civil Wars have put families in a difficult situation?