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Front page of "A Perfect Diurnall of the Passages in Parliament", February-March 1642

Front page of "A Perfect Diurnall of the Passages in Parliament", February-March 1642, (1945). Newspaper published during the English Civil War. Above is a session of parliament at the Palace of Westminster in London, with an account of proceedings concerning a 'Treaty and Cessation of Armes'. From "British Journalists and Newspapers", by Derek Hudson. [Collins, London, 1945]

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'Charles I and Speaker Lenthall', c1850, (1947). Creator: Unknown

'Charles I and Speaker Lenthall', c1850, (1947). On 4 January 1642, King Charles I (1600-1649, standing, in hat) entered the House of Commons to arrest five Members of Parliament for high treason. Speaker William Lenthall (1591-1662) defied the King to uphold the privileges of Parliament. The King had to leave without arresting the Five Members. No monarch has entered the House of Commons since then. After 'Speaker Lenthall Asserting the Privileges of the Commons Against Charles I when the Attempt was made to Seize the Five Members', painting by Charles West Cope in the Palace of Westminster in London. From "The House of Commons", by Martin Lindsay M.P. [Collins, London, 1947]

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'So Much out of the Fire or The Man Wot's Lost His Throne', 1834. Creator: John Doyle

'So Much out of the Fire or The Man Wot's Lost His Throne', 1834. Chancellor of the Exchequer John Spencer says to King William IV: 'Please your Majesty - The House of Commons is destroyed! The House of Lords is destroyed! The Throne is destroyed! But these [Poor Law Amendment and Reform Bill] thank Heaven are preserved'. The Palace of Westminster in London burned down on 16 October 1834. Extract from Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland's speech in "Henry IV Part 2", Act 1, Scene 1: "Ev'n such a man, so faint, so spiritless; So dull, so dead in look, so woebegone; Drew Priam's Curtain in the dead of night; And told him half his Troy was burned." Satirical cartoon on British politics by 'H.B.' (John Doyle). [Thomas McLean, London, 1834]

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