Parliament at War: The House of Commons and the British Revolution, 1640-1660.

Saturday 27 May 2023.

Online or at Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA


How did parliamentary politics operate during the Civil Wars and Republic?

This hybrid day school sheds new light on this question from the perspectives of both Westminster and the localities. It celebrates the launch in 2023 of 9 magnificent new volumes by the History of Parliament’s House of Commons 1640-1660 section. This constitutes the largest single publication yet within the History of Parliament series, and totals 7 million words of detail on the constituencies and biographies of MPs who sat in the House of Commons between 1640 and 1660. The day school reunites this project team to reflect on the project’s contribution to scholarship of the Civil Wars and Interregnum.

Registration at Rewley House Reception (for those attending in person)

Introduction and welcome
Andrew Hopper and Paul Seaward

Writing the History of the House of Commons 1640-60: An Overview
Stephen Roberts

Tea/coffee break

Party Politics in 1640s Westminster
David Scott 

Lunch break

War at Home and Politics at Westminster: The Loyalties and Preoccupations of Oxfordshire and Thames Valley MPs
Vivienne Larminie 

Tea/coffee break

Charles Fleetwood, John Disbrowe and the fall of the House of Cromwell
Patrick Little

Concluding remarks
Andrew Hopper

Course disperses

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