What were the values and world views of people in England (especially in the Winchester, Gloucester, and Salisbury area) around the year 1130?
I'm doing a research project on the English civil war known as "The Anarchy" and am having trouble finding information about this section of the project. It seems somewhat irrelevant to me, but alas it must be answered. Thanks for your time.
I wonder if you have got your dates completely right. Let us remember that the English Civil War actually occurred between 1642 and 1649 and took the form of a conflict between the Cavaliers and the Roundheads (the Parliamentarians) and arose thanks to the policies of Charles I. As far as I am aware, there was no Civil War that occurred in England in 1130. If this date is still important to you, in terms of the values of the people in the geographical locations you have mentioned, let us remember that the vast majority of people would have been hard working agricultural peasants, whose major preoccupation was avoiding death and disease and trying to bring in enough food for the day to feed their families. Thinking about civil war, there was an unquestioning attitude at that time of divine rule, which was supported by the church, which argued that since God is all powerful, God had chosen the ruler to be in power, and therefore that ruler must be obeyed. There was therefore little room to rebel and oppose such a divine mandate.
I worded this incorrectly. This was a period of English history during the reign (1135–1154) of King Stephen which was characterised by civil war and unsettled government... It was not the English civil war.