The Early Modern Commons

History of Parliament

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Reformation to Referendum: a new history of Parliament

6 December 2017

I’m lucky enough to be one of the four new British Academy / Wolfson Foundation Research Professors chosen in 2017. The arrangement provides us with funding for three years’...

Impeachment

4 September 2017

I is for impeachment, a parliamentary prosecution in which classically the lower House of the legislature acts to present the alleged malefactor for trial, and the upper House sits...

Henry VIII Clauses

13 July 2017

H is for the Henry VIII Clause, a nickname given to a provision in an Act of Parliament that delegates to a minister the power to modify the Act itself, or other Acts of Parliament....

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...