Monthly Archives: November 2012

The Parliament of England

The Parliament of England


The term ‘parliament’ came into use in the early 13th century to describe a national forum for discussion, and the institution’s origins lay in the consultative Great Council, consisting of the nobility and senior clergy, which had been regularly summoned by English monarchs since the Norman Conquest.

The political transformation in 16th century Spain

The political transformation in 16th century Spain

The marriage of Isabella of Castile to Ferdinand II of Aragon produced a dynastic union of their kingdoms and laid the foundation of a united Spain that, building upon Aragon’s European experience and Castile’s Iberian culture, became the dominant Atlantic power by the middle of the 16th century.

On this day: Last soldier fallen in WWI

On this day: Last soldier fallen in WWI

Certain soldiers acquired a tragic posthumous celebrity by dying a matter of minutes before the ceasefire on 11th November 1918. One such was 256265 Private George Lawrence Price of the 28th North West Battalion, Second Canadian Division, who lost his wife at 10.58am in the little Belgian mining village of Ville-sur-Haine near Mons

The Gunpowder Plot

The Gunpowder Plot

Lord Monteagle received a startling letter on the evening of 26 October 1605. An anonymous correspondent advised the English nobleman against attending the upcoming session of parliament, due to begin a few days later. The letter warned: “They shall receive a terrible blow this parliament and yet they shall not see who hurts them”. It was a chilling message.