Glossary


H&P has prepared a glossary to explain historical terms that are not in common use today. This is designed for readers of H&P's policy papers, opinion articles and Number 10 guest historian features, as well as students, journalists and policy makers.

All entries have been prepared by the editors of H&P's Number 10 guest historian series: Whitfield prize-winner Dr Ben Griffin and Dr Andrew Thompson of Cambridge University and Dr Andrew Blick, of King's College London.

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Hanoverian Succession

The succession to the British throne of the Hanoverian dynasty in 1714. George I came to the throne as a result of the Act of Settlement (1701) which had reaffirmed the provisions made in the Bill of Rights (1689) that English (and later British) monarchs could neither be Catholics nor married to Catholics. This meant that after Queen Anne (1702-1714) the succession passed to George, Elector of Hanover, through his mother, a granddaughter of James I (and VI of Scotland). More than fifty of Anne's closer blood relations, all Catholics, were excluded as a result.

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