Struggling to get to work…in the 15th century

We hope that our fellow Londoners’ journeys tonight are not too difficult during this week’s tube strikes. Dr Hannes Kleineke, Senior Research Fellow on the 1422-1504 section, discusses the lengths medieval parliamentarians had to go to if they wanted to miss a session… Commuters struggling into work during the current tube strikes might spare a thought for their medieval forebears. The absence of peers and … Continue reading Struggling to get to work…in the 15th century

More 17th century diplomatic incidents: the King of Denmark and his unfortunate gesture to the hero of the Armada

Dr Ben Coates, Senior Research Fellow on the Lords 1603-60 section, relates a less-than-diplomatic exchange in 1606 between King Christian IV of Denmark and the then Lord Admiral, the earl of Nottingham… Contrary to popular belief, Sir Francis Drake did not command the English fleet which defeated the Spanish Armada in 1588. That man was the then Lord Admiral Charles Howard, 2nd Lord Howard of … Continue reading More 17th century diplomatic incidents: the King of Denmark and his unfortunate gesture to the hero of the Armada

Remembering Culloden

On 16 April 1746, the battle of Culloden brought to a close the last serious attempt to restore the exiled Stuart dynasty to the British throne. Here, Dr Robin Eagles discusses the parliamentarians on both sides of this decisive contest… The final chapter of the Jacobite rising of 1745-46 was fought near Inverness between government forces under the command of George II’s younger son, the … Continue reading Remembering Culloden

John Wilkes: A friend to liberty?

Last week Dr Robin Eagles, Senior Research Fellow on the Lords 1660-1832 project gave a lecture in Parliament on ‘John Wilkes: A friend to liberty?’. Dr Eagles’s lecture is part of a programme to mark the 250th anniversary of Wilkes’ expulsion from the House of Commons for seditious libel, and was accompanied by an exhibition on Wilkes using materials from the Parliamentary Collections. Dr Eagles’s … Continue reading John Wilkes: A friend to liberty?

Parliaments, politics and people seminar: Tom Crewe, ‘The politics of image and the image of politics’

Our final ‘Parliaments, Politics and People’ seminar of term took place last week. Tom Crewe, of Pembroke College, Cambridge, spoke on ‘The politics of image and the image of politics: visual representations of politicians and portraiture in the press, c.1840-1906’. His paper was based on one chapter on his upcoming PhD thesis, due to be completed in the next year. Crewe began by noting that … Continue reading Parliaments, politics and people seminar: Tom Crewe, ‘The politics of image and the image of politics’