Review of the Year 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, it’s time for our annual review of all that has happened at the History of Parliament in another busy year! Our sections have been busy researching, revising and in some cases preparing for publication, but they’ve still had time to share some of their research with you. We explored what happened to MPs after the Battle of Bosworth; how … Continue reading Review of the Year 2014

The History of Parliament’s Annual Lecture 2014: Professor Sir Diarmaid MacCulloch

On 5th November our annual lecture was delivered in Portcullis House by Professor Sir Diarmaid MacCulloch. Professor MacCulloch has published widely on the Reformation, including a recent biography of Archbishop Thomas Cranmer and Reformation: Europe’s House Divided, not to mention featuring in many television and radio programmes. He lectured on ‘Parliament and the Reformation of Edward VI.’ Professor MacCulloch began with a letter written to … Continue reading The History of Parliament’s Annual Lecture 2014: Professor Sir Diarmaid MacCulloch

Union with Scotland – Cromwellian Style

Today’s post is the next in our series looking at Anglo-Scottish relations in the run-up to the Scottish independence referendum. Our own Dr Patrick Little Senior Research Fellow on the Commons 1640-1660 Section, discusses attempts at union during the Protectorate… With the political spotlight on Scottish independence, historians have naturally tended to focus on the treaty and acts of union of 1707, when the Scots … Continue reading Union with Scotland – Cromwellian Style

Nancy Astor: the first female MP in the House of Commons

Dr Kathryn Rix, Assistant Editor of the Victorian Commons, discusses the political career of the first female MP to sit in Parliament, Nancy Astor… Today marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Nancy Astor (1879-1964), who occupies a significant place in parliamentary history as the first female MP to take her seat in the House of Commons following the passing of the 1918 Representation … Continue reading Nancy Astor: the first female MP in the House of Commons

Struggling to get to work…in the 15th century

We hope that our fellow Londoners’ journeys tonight are not too difficult during this week’s tube strikes. Dr Hannes Kleineke, Senior Research Fellow on the 1422-1504 section, discusses the lengths medieval parliamentarians had to go to if they wanted to miss a session… Commuters struggling into work during the current tube strikes might spare a thought for their medieval forebears. The absence of peers and … Continue reading Struggling to get to work…in the 15th century

Remembering Culloden

On 16 April 1746, the battle of Culloden brought to a close the last serious attempt to restore the exiled Stuart dynasty to the British throne. Here, Dr Robin Eagles discusses the parliamentarians on both sides of this decisive contest… The final chapter of the Jacobite rising of 1745-46 was fought near Inverness between government forces under the command of George II’s younger son, the … Continue reading Remembering Culloden

MPs in the Crimean War, 1853-56

With the help of research undertaken by the Victorian Commons, today’s blog takes a look at MPs who fought during the Crimean War… The current crisis in Crimea has left some asking whether Russia’s intervention in the peninsula will lead to a new Crimean War. The 19th century conflict was, however, very different to the situation today. With its origins in the decline of the … Continue reading MPs in the Crimean War, 1853-56