Dr Stephen Roberts

Current Research

History of Parliament Research

I am currently completing research and writing up the MPs and constituencies of Devon, having previously written those for most of the counties of the English west midlands. Subjects of recent biographies include Laurence Whitaker and Walter Yonge, two diarists of the Long Parliament (1640-53), and the west country manager of the parliamentarian war effort, Edmund Prideaux. I am beginning work on John Pym, a renowned byword for industriousness, and am looking forward to discovering whether his nickname of King Pym, implying politi