Sir Robert Walpole

Walpole and his Critics

During his many years of administration, writes H.T. Dickinson, Walpole was highly unpopular with large sections of the community.

The Duel

Robert Halsband describes how, in 1731, the Leader of the Opposition and a supporter of Sir Robert Walpole fought a celebrated duel in Green Park, London.

Prohibition in Britain

Lord Kinross describes how, during the first half of the eighteenth century, gin-drinking became a serious social evil.

The Politics of Wine in 18th-century England

After the upheavals of 1688, England’s shifting social order needed new ways to define itself. A taste for fine claret became one such marker of wealth and power, as Charles Ludington explains.

Benjamin Hoadly

H.T. Dickinson introduces a Bishop who held many liberal views,  and was much disliked by his brethren.