Parliaments, Politics and People seminar: Andrew Thrush, (History of Parliament) ‘The 1621 Parliament and the Origins of the Standing Orders of the House of Lords’

Dr Andrew Thrush editor of the History of Parliament’s 1603-1660 House of Lords section recently addressed our ‘Parliaments, Politics and People’ seminar at the IHR. Dr Thrush gives us a summary of his paper: ‘The 1621 Parliament and the Origins of the Standing Orders of the House of Lords’.  Those familiar with how Parliament operates today will know that the Standing Orders – a body … Continue reading Parliaments, Politics and People seminar: Andrew Thrush, (History of Parliament) ‘The 1621 Parliament and the Origins of the Standing Orders of the House of Lords’

Family history research on historyofparliamentonline.org

As family historians across the country head to London for this weekend’s Who Do You Think You Are Live event, the HOP’s Emma Peplow blogs about using http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org to try and find some of her ancestors… Many people who use our website are researching their family history. With thousands of biographies of MPs from the 14th century onwards, for those of you have an MP … Continue reading Family history research on historyofparliamentonline.org

The power of the Long Parliament’s Committees

Dr Stephen Roberts, editor of our Commons 1640-1660 section, shares some of the new research they are doing into the Long Parliament’s many committees, and what effect they had on Parliament’s relationship with the King… The History of Parliament House of Commons 1640-1660 team have been looking at the powerful executive committees of the Long Parliament, which were established as a response to the crisis … Continue reading The power of the Long Parliament’s Committees

A royal wedding for Valentine’s Day, 1613

A romantic blog for Valentine’s day; four hundred years ago today James VI & I’s daughter Elizabeth married the Elector Palatine, Frederick V. This lavish wedding had serious consequences for British politics… On Valentine’s day in 1613 James I’s only surviving daughter, Princess Elizabeth, was married to the young Elector Palatine, Frederick V.  Aside from being the ruler of one of the seven key states … Continue reading A royal wedding for Valentine’s Day, 1613

Women at the Polls in the Seventeenth Century

As BBC Radio Four’s Woman’s Hour reveal their ‘Power List’ this morning, Dr Vivienne Larminie shares her recent discovery of two 17th century women who had their voices heard in a more 20th century manner… Researching parliamentary history has its mundane aspects.  A certain amount of systematic trawling through indexes and records is unavoidable; sometimes this is time-consuming and yields few concrete results; even powerful … Continue reading Women at the Polls in the Seventeenth Century

Col Josiah Wedgwood’s Questionnaires (2) MPs, their backgrounds and experiences

In the second of her blogs inspired by her recent book, ‘Colonel Josiah Wedgwood’s Questionnaire: Members of Parliament 1885-1918’, Priscilla Baines looks at the backgrounds and parliamentary experiences of Wedgwood’s respondents. Wedgwood’s questionnaire captured respondents from a wide range of party and personal backgrounds.  The replies were revealing about attitudes to their parliamentary careers. Their interest in politics was sometimes triggered by the great issues … Continue reading Col Josiah Wedgwood’s Questionnaires (2) MPs, their backgrounds and experiences

Parliaments, Politics and People seminar: Jonathan Fitzgibbons (Cambridge) ‘Concord or Discord?: The Third Protectorate Parliament and the Pitfalls of J.T. Rutt’s edition of Thomas Burton’s Diary’

Our first seminar update of the new term… At our latest Parliaments, Politics and People seminar, Dr Jonathan Fitzgibbons made a strident attack on what is still one of the key texts for historians studying the last days of the Cromwellian Protectorate, John Towill Rutt’s edited version of The Diary of Thomas Burton Esq. The diary records parliamentary proceedings – such as speeches or committee … Continue reading Parliaments, Politics and People seminar: Jonathan Fitzgibbons (Cambridge) ‘Concord or Discord?: The Third Protectorate Parliament and the Pitfalls of J.T. Rutt’s edition of Thomas Burton’s Diary’