Festschrift in Honour of Professor David Hayton, editor of The History of Parliament, 1690-1715

Last month, the Parliamentary History Yearbook Trust (publishers of the journal Parliamentary History) released a festschrift in honour of Professor David Hayton, ‘Parliaments, Politics and Policy in Britain and Ireland, c.1680-1832‘. Professor Hayton is a renowned historian of early modern British and Irish political history between the Glorious Revolution and the mid-18th century, and the festschrift marks his retirement from Queen’s University, Belfast. Before moving … Continue reading Festschrift in Honour of Professor David Hayton, editor of The History of Parliament, 1690-1715

Parliaments, Politics and People seminar: Naomi Lloyd-Jones on ‘Deconstructing Westminster: towards a four nations history of the Irish Home Rule crisis, c.1886-93’

Naomi Lloyd-Jones of King’s College, London writes a guest post about her recent paper given to the ‘Parliaments, politics and people’ seminar. I spoke at the opening seminar of the summer term on ‘Deconstructing Westminster: towards a four nations history of the Irish Home Rule crisis, c.1886-93’. My paper offered an overview of my PhD research at King’s College London, on the crisis as it … Continue reading Parliaments, Politics and People seminar: Naomi Lloyd-Jones on ‘Deconstructing Westminster: towards a four nations history of the Irish Home Rule crisis, c.1886-93’

Rage of Party: election day in the 1690-1715 period

Today we go to the polls to vote in European and local elections. Voting was a very different experience at the turn of the 18th century… One of the most prolific periods for elections in Britain occurred long before universal suffrage. After the reforms of the ‘Glorious Revolution’ of 1688-89, parliament passed the Triennial Act, stating that parliament must meet annually and elections be held … Continue reading Rage of Party: election day in the 1690-1715 period

Simon de Montfort and the Battle of Lewes

On the anniversary of the battle of Lewes, news of a new play that explores the causes of the battle and we launch our 2015 conference website… 750 years ago today, the enigmatic Simon de Montfort won his greatest victory against Henry III: defeating the King at the Battle of Lewes and taking him and his heir Edward captive. To mark the anniversary a new … Continue reading Simon de Montfort and the Battle of Lewes

1614: The Beginning of the Crisis of Parliaments

Dr Andrew Thrush, editor of the Lords 1603-60 section, describes events in the ‘Addled Parliament’, which was meeting 400 years ago this month… On the afternoon of 4 May 1614, an irate James I issued the House of Commons with a blunt warning. Unless its Members voted him subsidies forthwith, he declared, they ‘must not look for more Parliaments in haste’. Rather than rely upon … Continue reading 1614: The Beginning of the Crisis of Parliaments

Nancy Astor: the first female MP in the House of Commons

Dr Kathryn Rix, Assistant Editor of the Victorian Commons, discusses the political career of the first female MP to sit in Parliament, Nancy Astor… Today marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Nancy Astor (1879-1964), who occupies a significant place in parliamentary history as the first female MP to take her seat in the House of Commons following the passing of the 1918 Representation … Continue reading Nancy Astor: the first female MP in the House of Commons