‘At whose door must this resentment be laid?’ The Whig Schism of 1717

The fall-out from Brexit has caused considerable disarray in the British party system, and over the course of this summer four parties either have new leaders or are holding leadership contests. Over the summer we’ll take a look at some past examples of party tensions, and the dramatic splits that they can lead to. First in this series, Dr Robin Eagles, Senior Research Fellow in … Continue reading ‘At whose door must this resentment be laid?’ The Whig Schism of 1717

European diplomacy: the ‘double monarchy’ of England and France envisaged in the treaty of Troyes of 1420

Today, the new Prime Minister Theresa May makes her first diplomatic trip to meet her counterparts in Germany and France.  Here Dr Simon Payling, Senior Fellow of the Commons 1422-1504 section, blogs about parliament’s reaction to another major realignment in European relations, although in very different circumstances, Henry V’s attempt to unify the crowns of England and France in 1420… On 21 May 1420 Henry … Continue reading European diplomacy: the ‘double monarchy’ of England and France envisaged in the treaty of Troyes of 1420

A tribute to Harry Cobb

The History of Parliament staff were sad to hear about the recent death of Harry Cobb, Clerk of the Records at the House of Lords Record Office 1981-1991. A major contributor to the study of parliamentary history, he will be greatly missed. In this blog David Prior, Head of Public Services and Outreach at the Parliamentary Archives, pays tribute… The death of Harry Cobb on … Continue reading A tribute to Harry Cobb

House of Lords 1660-1715… and divorce

The History of Parliament publishes our first set of volumes focusing on the House of Lords TODAY. Covering the period 1660-1715, this five-volume work is still available for a special introductory price at Cambridge University Press. Over the past month we’ve published a series of blogposts inspired by research from the volumes. Editor Dr Ruth Paley blogs today on one of the personal, sad, stories … Continue reading House of Lords 1660-1715… and divorce