Medieval MP of the Month: An MP Struck by Lightning

Today we hear from House of Commons 1422-1504 Section Editor, Dr Linda Clark for the next installment in our series ‘Medieval MP of the Month’. This series is a precursor to the History of Parliament’s forthcoming set of volumes relating to the reign of Henry VI that will be published in 2019. Sir James Berners was struck by lightning whilst on a pilgrimage with the King… At just a few … Continue reading Medieval MP of the Month: An MP Struck by Lightning

Parliament in a portacabin: the routine maintenance of Westminster Hall in the Middle Ages

During the summer recess staff at Parliament take the opportunity to undertake repair work on the Palace. This is a practice that was undertaken throughout the ages, as Dr Hannes Kleineke, Senior Research Fellow on the Commons 1422-1504 section, discusses… Complaints over the length of the parliamentary summer recess (much like teachers’ summer holidays) are a time-honoured staple of the political commentariate struggling to fill … Continue reading Parliament in a portacabin: the routine maintenance of Westminster Hall in the Middle Ages