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Parliament

“My Lord Coke tells us Parliament is derived from `parler le ment' (to speak one's mind). He might as honestly have taught us that firmament is `firma mentis' (a farm for the mind) or…

Guinea Fowl

So called because it was brought to us from the coast of Guinea, where it is very common. “Notwithstanding their barsh cry ... I like the Guinea-fowl. They are excellent layers, and e…

John Fowles 2005 Deaths

John FowlesAge: 79 British novelist whose works explore the limitations society places on free will. His books The Collector, The Magus, and The French Lieutenant's Woman. Died: Lyme Regis, En…

Parliament Soldiers

The soldiers of General Monk, who restored Charles II. to the throne. Ring a ding-ding; ring a ding-ding! The Parliament soldiers are gone for the king. Some they did laugh, and some they d…

Parliament of Bats

(The), 1426, during the regency in the reign of Henry VI. So called because the members, being forbidden by the Duke of Gloucester to wear swords, armed themselves with clubs or bats. Sou…

Parliament of Dunces

Convened by Henry IV. at Coventry, in 1404, and so called because all lawyers were excluded from it. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894ParliamentarianParliamen…

Barebone Parliament

(The). The Parliament convened by Cromwell in 1653; so called from Praise-God Barebone, a fanatical leader, who was a prominent member. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham B…

Black Parliament

The Parliament held by Henry VIII. in Bridewell. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894Black PrinceBlack Ox A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S …

Long Parliament

The parliament which assembled November 3rd, 1640, and was dissolved by Cromwell on April 20th, 1653; that is, 12 1/2 years. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894…

Mad Parliament

(The). The Parliament which assembled at Oxford in 1258, and broke out into open rebellion against Henry III. The king was declared deposed, and the government was vested in the hands of tw…