Ted Vallance

Oliver Cromwell sends parliament away, 1653. Rijksmuseum.

Over the last 30 years, the UK’s political class has swapped ideology for values and sleepwalked into major constitutional and political change. What can it learn from the last time it faced a crisis of such magnitude?

John Lilburne (c.1614-57).

A convincing account of early modern political organisation gives voice to lesser-known figures.

First collected edition of Hudibras by Samuel Butler, 1674–1678

The suggestion by British politician Sajid Javid that public servants should take an oath of loyalty suggests we are living through a period of political and religious crisis. Edward Vallance examines the historical parallels. 

Court of Honour, or, The Vertuous Protestant's Looking Glass. 1679.

Like a good 17th-century pamphleteer, Clarkson denies that protest is effective but doesn't discourage his supporters from agitating in his defence.