The Earl of Buckinghamshire at the Society's 20th anniversary service in Great Hampden Church

The Ship Money monument at Prestwood

The Palace of Westminster in the 17th century

Pyrton Manor, home of John Hampden's first wife

The former Lord Williams's Grammar School, Thame

The Earl of Buckinghamshire at the 350th anniversary ceremony in Thame

St Mary Magdalene church, Great Hampden

Charles I tries to arrest the Five Members in the House of Commons

John Hampden's funeral in 1643

Arthur Goodwin, Hampden's lifelong friend
Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth. Reproduced by permission of Chatsworth Settlement Trustees.

The Great Hall at Hampden House

St Mary Magdalene church and Hampden House

Hampden's regiment marching through Thame

Lighting the fuse for civil war – a talk by Professor Laura Stewart ( Scotland’s popular protests against Charles I)

Successful popular protest against religious reforms imposed by Charles I in Scotland exposed royal weakness and resulted in humiliating concessions. This brought about a constitutional, political and religious revolution, transferring many royal prerogatives to the Scottish Parliament.

As Laura Stewart, Professor of Early Modern History at the University of York, emphasises, the weakened King had to make these concessions because he faced an even more serious challenge in 1641 – a Catholic rebellion in Ireland.

She argues that these events beyond its borders set the scene for the outbreak of civil war in England in 1642.

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