St George’s day in York: an invitation from Charles I, 1642

Continuing with our patron saints blog series, Dr Vivienne Larminie, Assistant Editor of our House of Commons 1640-1660 project, explores the loyalty of peers to Charles I during St George’s Day celebrations at York in April 1642… A spring break in the north.  Easter solemnities and rejoicing in York Minster.  Celebrating the feast day of the nation’s patron saint with the king’s court.  Under other … Continue reading St George’s day in York: an invitation from Charles I, 1642

St David’s Day: The First Welsh Republican

For those of you who have been waiting with bated breath for another blog from our resident Welshman and History of Parliament Trust Director, Dr Stephen Roberts, the wait is over. Last March for St David’s Day, Stephen explored the development of the relationship between Parliament and the Welsh language (Part One and Part Two). Today he explains the journey of the first Welsh republican, from his humble beginnings in the countryside … Continue reading St David’s Day: The First Welsh Republican

Voting and not voting in Cromwellian Scotland

Today, on St Andrew’s Day we have a Scotland themed blog from Dr Patrick Little of the House of Commons 1640-1660 Section as part of our Patron Saints series. He discusses voting in Cromwellian Scotland… Nowadays the Scots have the reputation for being enthusiastic voters. Recent General Elections have seen more than two-thirds of the electorate casting their ballots (71% in 2015, 67% in 2017) … Continue reading Voting and not voting in Cromwellian Scotland

Parliament and St George’s Day in the early seventeenth century

Following previous blogs to mark St David’s Day and St Patrick’s Day, Dr Paul Hunneyball of the Lords 1604-1629 Section discusses the near-disappearance of the celebration of St George’s Day in the aftermath of Reformation legislation.  For peers who belonged to the Order of the Garter, however, it was still the occasion for feasting, and as such it impacted on the timetable of parliamentary business… … Continue reading Parliament and St George’s Day in the early seventeenth century

Irish Disputes at Westminster

To launch our new James I to Restoration blog, and also mark St Patrick’s Day, Dr Patrick Little of the Commons 1640-1660 Section discusses the controversial presence of Irish MPs at Westminster in the 1650s… With Irish political and constitutional issues routinely hitting the headlines – not least because of implications of Brexit for the border and the fact that the Democratic Unionists hold the … Continue reading Irish Disputes at Westminster

St Piran’s Day: Tin, Tricks and Terror in 15th-century Cornwall

Continuing with our patron saint series, today we hear from Dr Hannes Kleineke  of the Commons 1422-1504 Section about the patron saint of Cornwall, St Piran. Also see Part One and Two of  Dr Stephen Roberts’ blogs on Parliament and the Welsh language in honour of St David’s Day… With recent news of the possible reopening of the South Crofty tin mine in Camborne, on the feast day … Continue reading St Piran’s Day: Tin, Tricks and Terror in 15th-century Cornwall

St. David’s Day: Parliament and the Welsh Language (Part Two)

Continuing from yesterday’s blog ‘St. David’s Day: Parliament and the Welsh Language (Part One)’, today Dr Stephen Roberts, the History of Parliament’s Director and editor of the Commons 1640-1660 Section, explains the educational reforms that affected the use of Welsh language in educational and legal structures in Wales in the 19th and 20th centuries, and the relationship between Parliament and the Welsh language in the … Continue reading St. David’s Day: Parliament and the Welsh Language (Part Two)