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Speaker Lenthall defends Parliament

On 4 January 1642, King Charles I entered the House of Commons to arrest five Members of Parliament for high treason. Speaker Lenthall defied the King to uphold the privileges of Parliament. The King had to leave without arresting the Five Members. No monarch has entered the House of Commons since then.

Copyright Palace of Westminster Collection

Title

Speaker Lenthall Asserting the Privileges of the Commons Against Charles I when the Attempt was made to Seize the Five Members

Artist

Charles West Cope

Date

1866

Medium

Waterglass Painting

Catalogue number

WOA 2894