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David Quidnunc  •  Link

Parliament Glossary
from the official Parliament website

Some of these entries are historical, most have explanations of one to three paragraphs, and there are often links to related entries.

David Bell  •  Link

My Lord Montagu's scheming, recorded on March 14 1659/60, is to influence the election of the two members for the County of Huntingdonshire. Each County sent two members to Parliament, while many other places sent one member.

These were not modern elections. The franchise was limited, and there was no secret ballot. Some of the infamous "Rotten" boroughs, once thriving towns, were already small villages.

The system was reformed in the 19th Century, starting in 1832 with the Great Reform Act. Perhaps the last vestiges of the old system were the university seats for Oxford and Cambridge, which survived until the middle of the last century.

Warren Keith Wright  •  Link

Sidelight on public attitudes toward the Rump:
Those with access to a research library’s periodical department might want to look up an article appearing in the 50th anniversary issue, November 2002, of “Past and Present: A journal of historical studies,” from Oxford Univ. Press.
In it, “Mark Jenner employs Mikhail Bakhtin’s analysis of the cathartic function of laughter and the scatology of carnival to enrich our understanding of what people were doing when they burned carcasses and sang bawdy songs on the London streets of 1659-62 in mockery of the Rump Parliament.”---Adam Fox, 7 March 2003 Times Literary Supplement, p. 27.

vincent  •  Link

who sat in the commons:there are cd's for who sat with whom:
.....The CD-ROM provides for the first time a full indexing facility for the History. The search engine provided with the text will rapidly locate and display all instances throughout the entire twenty-three-volume sequence of any word or string of letters, enumerating the instances found and showing where they fall. It will search by constituency (so that, for example, the entries for all members who sat for the parliamentary constituency of King’s Lynn in the periods covered can be called up within seconds); and by place of origin (calling up entries for all members who originate or reside in King’s Lynn). There is proximity searching (to home in on, say, Joseph Taylor of Devon but not on his contemporary Joseph Taylor of Middlesex; or to find mentions of Chaucer within the context of the wool trade). Boolean and wildcard searching are fully supported.

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