Writing Parliamentary Biography, the Commons 1640-1660. Part 1: Methods

In the first of a four-part series, Dr Stephen Roberts, editor of the Commons 1640-60 section, discusses the History’s research method and how his section approaches writing hundreds of biographies of Civil War Parliamentarians… There must be more than one way of writing the biographies of MPs but in this Section of the History of Parliament, as in others, the life of every MP is … Continue reading Writing Parliamentary Biography, the Commons 1640-1660. Part 1: Methods

Parliament, Politics and People Seminar: Coleman Dennehy, Dublin, Westminster, and appellate jurisdiction in early modern Ireland

At our latest ‘Parliaments, Politics and People’ Seminar of 2016, Dr Coleman Dennehy (University College, Dublin) spoke on ‘Dublin, Westminster, and appellate jurisdiction in early modern Ireland’. Here he discusses his paper… The history of appellate jurisdiction in Ireland, although it was a process that generally affected few lives at the time or since, was marked by a considerable break-down in relations between parliament in … Continue reading Parliament, Politics and People Seminar: Coleman Dennehy, Dublin, Westminster, and appellate jurisdiction in early modern Ireland

‘The Story of Parliament’: Pitt and Fox

Last 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. On this blog we are publishing some tasters of … Continue reading ‘The Story of Parliament’: Pitt and Fox

Parliaments, Politics and People seminar: Luke Blaxill, ‘Big data’ and the analysis of parliamentary and platform speeches, 1880-present

In the first ‘Parliaments, Politics and People’ Seminar of 2016, Dr Luke Blaxill (Hertford College, Oxford) spoke on ‘‘Big data’ and the analysis of parliamentary and platform speeches, 1880-present’. Here he discusses his paper… My paper made the argument that almost all modern historians – and perhaps especially political historians – are increasingly surrounded by huge digitised textual collections which are too large to read, … Continue reading Parliaments, Politics and People seminar: Luke Blaxill, ‘Big data’ and the analysis of parliamentary and platform speeches, 1880-present