By the 1640s, Parliament was at the very centre of British history. The accession of Charles the First to the throne in 1625 began a bitter rivalry for dominance with a King whose political and religious views brought him into head-to-head conflict with an increasingly assertive Parliament.
For two decades, Civil War, Regicide, a Republic and military rule were all played out on the parliamentary stage.
These events which affected the course of British history then and now are revealed in the latest volumes of the monumental “History of Parliament” Project, which began before the Second World War. This new work provides detailed, authoritative studies of every parliament as well as fascinating carefully researched accounts of every MP and his constituency in the tumultuous years between 1640 and 1660.
The volume, which includes eight thousand pages – about seven million words – has been edited by Dr. Stephen Roberts, who led a dedicated group of five historians working since 1997 to produce this outstanding piece of scholarship. It provides unique insights into a period of history which has shaped our constitution and modern parliamentary government.
Dr. Roberts talks to our Contributing Editor, Professor Andrew Hopper of Oxford University.