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On 14 March 2023 the IHR Parliaments, Politics and People seminar will be hosting an online seminar via Zoom with Maria Tauber (University of Warwick). Maria will be presenting her paper ‘MPs and political communication in the eighteenth century’. There will be a question and answer session...Read more
IHR Parliaments, Politics and People seminar: online & in-person seminar with Professor Paulina KewesOn 31 January 2023 the IHR Parliaments, Politics and People seminar will be hosting a hybrid seminar in-person and via Zoom with Professor Paulina Kewes. Paulina will be presenting her paper ‘Representative assemblies and the royal succession in sixteenth-century Europe’. There will be a...Read more
On 29 November 2022 the IHR Parliaments, Politics and People seminar will be hosting an online seminar via Zoom with Dr Hillary Burlock (Newcastle University). Hillary will be presenting her paper ‘'Buff and Blue': dance and factional politics in London's West End, 1780-89’. There...Read more
Fast sermons were preached to Parliament by prominent clergymen on pre-arranged occasions. They provided opportunities to promote unity, galvanise Members into action and steer them towards particular policies. Usually published by request and with official authority, they also reflected...Read more