After Agincourt: the life of Sir John Pennington

This past week we have been celebrating the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt (including the History of Parliament’s ‘A Band of Brothers’ booklet on Parliament and the battle).  Dr Simon Payling, Senior Fellow of the Commons 1422-1504 section, explores what happened next for one Agincourt veteran during uncertain political times… Sir John Pennington (c.1393-1470) of Muncaster in Cumberland, from one of the richest … Continue reading After Agincourt: the life of Sir John Pennington

The murder of Speaker Tresham

A 15th century murder mystery features in this week’s blogpost. Dr Simon Payling, Senior Fellow of the Commons 1422-1504 section, investigates the murder of Commons’ Speaker William Tresham… In tymes paste one Willyam Tresham …cumming from Northampton toward Siwelle, and saying his matens, was cruelly slayne by one Salisbyri and Glin of Wales, servantes to the Lorde Gray of Ruthyne, with their route. This William … Continue reading The murder of Speaker Tresham

‘The Story of Parliament’: Thomas Cromwell

Earlier this year the History published ‘The Story of Parliament: Celebrating 750 years of parliament in Britain’ to mark the anniversary of Simon de Montfort’s parliament in 1265. The book is a brief introduction to the full 750 years of parliamentary history, aimed at the general reader, and available to purchase from the Houses of Parliament bookshop. Over the next few months we’ll be publishing … Continue reading ‘The Story of Parliament’: Thomas Cromwell

Speaking in Parliament: History, Politics, Rhetoric – Conference 2016, Call for Papers released

In 2016 the History of Parliament will hold, in partnership with Queen Mary, University of London, a conference focussing on Parliamentary rhetoric. ‘Speaking in Parliament: history, politics, rhetoric’ will take place over 6-7 April 2016 at Queen Mary, University of London. The conference will explore the past and present of Parliamentary speaking. Thanks to the presence of television cameras in its debating chambers, the spectacle … Continue reading Speaking in Parliament: History, Politics, Rhetoric – Conference 2016, Call for Papers released

‘The hero legislator of Uxbridge’: the Hon. Charles Thomas Mills (1887-1915)

100 years ago the Battle of Loos proved deadly for a third MP, as today marks the anniversary of the seventh MP who died in fighting in the First World War. Continuing our series of short biographies of these men, Dr Kathryn Rix, of the Victorian Commons, discusses the life of Lieutenant Charles Thomas Mills… On 6 October 1915, the House of Commons suffered its third … Continue reading ‘The hero legislator of Uxbridge’: the Hon. Charles Thomas Mills (1887-1915)

‘One of the best’: Lord Ninian Edward Crichton-Stuart (1883-1915)

Sadly the anniversaries of MPs’ deaths in the First World War are coming at very regular intervals currently – today marks the 100th anniversary of the sixth MP who died in the fighting. Continuing our series of short biographies of these men, Dr Kathryn Rix, of the Victorian Commons, discusses the life of Lord Ninian Edward Crichton-Stuart… On 2nd October 1915, the Conservative MP for Cardiff, … Continue reading ‘One of the best’: Lord Ninian Edward Crichton-Stuart (1883-1915)