This year is the 350th anniversary of the Book of Common Prayer, the authorized text of services for the Church of England, and the accompanying Act of Uniformity. It’s interesting to note the Anglican Prayer for Parliament, as set down in 1662, in the gorgeous language of the BCP: MOST gratious God, we humbly beseech […]
It’s finally here! More…
As a friend who is a special collections librarian commented, “First edition, first issue in first state dust-jacket”.
Earlier this week I gave a micro-lecture at an event to celebrate Dickens’ connections with Parliament, and I reproduce some of it here. Having had an indifferent education up to 12 and then famously being put to work in a boot-blacking factory by his feckless and Micawber-like father, Dickens joined a solicitor’s office at the […]
This is what happened when I put the whole text of The Day Parliament Burned Down into Wordle! Click to enlarge…
My blogpost of 11 May 2012, which sparked a lot of interest, needs an update – especially in relation to my speculation that it may have been the Commons Chamber table between 1730-1800. In thinking about the comments to that posting, I had forgotten that Phillis M. Rogers, Curator of Works of Art at the […]