About the History of Parliament's 'Parliaments' articles


This section of the website is currently in progress. In time, it is planned to provide articles on each Parliament from the thirteenth century to the present day.

Most of these articles are being specially written for the website, and are intended to provide a brief introduction to the events and legislation of each Parliament to complement the History's articles on constituencies and Members.

Each will contain information on the key political, parliamentary and legislative episodes that took place during the period of a particular Parliament. Until 1690 Parliament was a meeting of the chief nobility and representatives of each county and selected towns that occurred irregularly and for comparatively short periods. After 1690 Parliament has met every year, usually for several months at a time, so becoming a permanent institution.

From at least 1690 each Parliament met for the first time following a general election and