The Early Modern Commons

History of Parliament

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G is for gallery, where since at least the seventeenth century the presence of members of the public,...

21 May 2017

G is for gallery, where since at least the seventeenth century the presence of members of the public, looking on to the Houses’ debates has been connived at by Members, officially...

Franking

26 April 2017

‘The Frank’, the privilege of free postage for Members of Parliament, became during the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries notorious for its abuse, not just by Members,...

Estimates

5 April 2017

E is for Estimates: though nothing could be more central to the role of Parliament, the approval of government expenditure by voting the Estimates has never been a process to make the...

Doorkeepers

6 March 2017

D is for Doorkeepers, not only an essential oil in the wheels of the House of Commons, but also part of its collective memory. Today’s blog begins to pin down the history of a...