Henry Bennet, earl of Arlington: a Restoration Politician

Our last Parliaments, Politics and People seminar at the IHR was given by Alan Marshall from Bath Spa University, and considered the political role of the important Restoration politician and key member of the CABAL ministry, Henry Bennet, earl of Arlington This paper dealt with aspects of the political life of Sir Henry Bennet, earl of Arlington, who has been frequently criticized as a statesman. … Continue reading Henry Bennet, earl of Arlington: a Restoration Politician

‘Persons of Rank and Distinction’: negotiating the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle (1748)

Last month @GeorgianLords joined with @HistParl to discuss a series of treaties from the 17th to the mid-18th centuries. In this follow-up blog post, Dr Robin Eagles, Editor of the Lords 1715-90 section, considers in more depth the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, which brought to a close the War of the Austrian Succession. In the winter of 1748 two British peers presented themselves to the French … Continue reading ‘Persons of Rank and Distinction’: negotiating the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle (1748)

More 17th century diplomatic incidents: the King of Denmark and his unfortunate gesture to the hero of the Armada

Dr Ben Coates, Senior Research Fellow on the Lords 1603-60 section, relates a less-than-diplomatic exchange in 1606 between King Christian IV of Denmark and the then Lord Admiral, the earl of Nottingham… Contrary to popular belief, Sir Francis Drake did not command the English fleet which defeated the Spanish Armada in 1588. That man was the then Lord Admiral Charles Howard, 2nd Lord Howard of … Continue reading More 17th century diplomatic incidents: the King of Denmark and his unfortunate gesture to the hero of the Armada