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House of Lords | 24/8 1:30-?

Postby Defiance » Tue Jan 05, 2016 4:18 am





Historically, Parliament has consisted of two Houses (Lords and Commons). All title holders of Baron and higher are permitted a seat in the House of Lords. Ladies are not permitted membership, but may attend with non-peers in the viewing gallery. The Lord Chancellor presides over the House.

Surrounding the Hall, where the Lord Chancellor presided over meetings, is the foyer. It is in this foyer that many of the peers walked around, grouping and softly whispering. The Hall was not yet open for anyone to take their seats, but the gallery was open.

Many of the typical factions were present, but there were a few curious absences (or late arrivals). Lord Danby was not there. The Lord Chancellor was not there. Buckingham was not there. Monmouth was not there. Basildon was not even among the early arrivals.

Much of the whispers and gossip surrounded upon the curious lack of usual presences that usually arrived considerably before the start of the session.

There were some rumours that His Majesty had been in a more melancholy and weighty mood of the last few days, and he had not made many public appearances. Of course, the talk of the Queen's possible pregnancy also abounded.

Prince Rupert was presiding over the military crowd, with Captain Herbert, John Churchill, Colonel Tom Howard*, who was looking a bit haggard, and the Dowager Duchess of Richmond. The Duke of Albemarle was engaged in some conversation with Howard, if only because it behooved him to appear with the military minded.

The Duke of York was speaking to Lord Feversham and Sir George Legge not far from that group.

Shaftesbury, as always, had a good grouping of people around him. There was Russell and Newport, although they were engaged in quiet whispers to the side. Ashley was speaking to Rutland, his father-in-law, and Lord Essex.

The session was due to start before too long, and it was likely the peers would take their seats in short order.

(*Colonel Howard is the younger brother of the Earl of Carlisle, the commander of the Yeomen of the Guard, and secret husband of the Dowager Duchess of Richmond. There's so many Howards, I don't want to confuse anyone.)
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Re: House of Lords | 24/8 1:30-?

Postby George Hardwick III » Tue Jan 05, 2016 10:19 pm

George had not attended the House of Lords ever since...

But today he attended, with private vow to speak only with his vote at the end of proceedings. He was dressed immaculately, though in the dark tones of his new wardrobe of blacks and grays. Embellishments in today's costume was in gleaming gold filigree, and grandiosely frothy lace at his throat and cuffs. He did not wear a great wig, but his own hair slicked down to a cue.

This gold topped walking stick made reassuring click next to his side, providing the sensation of a companion, and the reassurance of a weapon (concealed within was a deadly blade). Mild of expression George entered the foyer, and after a glance around moved to stand back to wood-paneled wall. There to await the doors opening to take his seat.
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Re: House of Lords | 24/8 1:30-?

Postby Davina Wellsley » Wed Jan 06, 2016 7:50 pm

Seated in the first row of the Gallery and in the middle of a group of six Davina outwardly was her usual self. She had not planned on being this early to arrive but her cousins - a minor branch of the Howard's - had wanted to be a part of 'Everything" and so here she sat.

She had chosen a dress of cranberry brocade with a cream underskirt decorated with more somber tones of black jet beads set on bands of silver metallic trim. Her dark hair was worn up yet she had allowed for one long curl to hand down her back. Her only accessories there were her three diamond hair pins of a sun, moon, and a star.

Around her throat she worn a band of black velvet decorated with black jet beads in a random pattern of no real design. Its use was to simply provide sparkle whenever she moved.

(perhaps making it easier for CW to locate her)

and she had worn her grey pearls set with a small diamond that dangled from the ends into her ears.

She had seen George when they had first all arrived. He too was soberly dressed her eyes were quick to note as he stood in his place against a wall. She was truly glad that he had come today and hoped it was a sign that he was back to 'Them' at last. Yet his Solitary placement spoke otherwise.

It had been a horrible parting between them and even now the memory of it tugged at her heart making her sad. She doubted if they would ever reconcile.

Her cousins were lost in quiet chatter and she nodded when asked to point out those of Great Importance to them. She had no idea if any of the Primary Howard's would attend and rather hoped they did for them it would allow her more time to focus on her Lover.
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Re: House of Lords | 24/8 1:30-?

Postby Charles Whitehurst » Sat Jan 09, 2016 9:49 pm

Langdon with the Military Circle

It would surprise few people that the Earl of Langdon was mingling with the military circle led by Prince Rupert. He had seen his men placed outside Parliament to be available to quell a crowd if necessary. Once that had been accomplished he had ventured inwardly.

Equally unsurprising was the fact that he was in uniform. Having nothing weighty on his mind, he bantered but little, choosing to listen to the words of others while keeping an eye on the progress of arrivals.

He had noted briefly the arrival of Davina, but he pretended little interest. As she was going into the gallery, he would not be able to see her until he took his seat, which he hoped would be soon.

The big question was whether war would be declared. Charles would support it enthusiastically because he believed that Prince Rupert and the King supported it. Now it was only a matter of time to see what happened. He made little of the late arrival of the Chancellor and others. There could be many benign reasons behind it.
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Re: House of Lords | 24/8 1:30-?

Postby Robert Saint-Leger » Wed Jan 13, 2016 5:11 am

Beverley was just to the side and behind of Rupert's shoulder, where he generally was during such times. He looked very tired and said next to nothing. He had spent much of the last few days reaping the stress of the argument with his lord father and burying himself in tasks for his master.

While for today they had much to think of far greater than Beverley, after that day it would probably become a bit conspicuous that the viscount was not acting his normal self.

In fact, he was feeling a bit out of sorts.

Perhaps I am getting ill...

That would be just his luck. When he was at odds with his father was when he would get sick and risk the damnation of his eternal soul for his actions.

That was what was in the back of his mind at least.

He did not even notice Langdon, who he might have spoken to if he was not wholly oblivious to anything outside of the two foot circle around himself.
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Re: House of Lords | 24/8 1:30-?

Postby Francis Kirke » Wed Jan 13, 2016 5:17 am

Francis arrived separate from Buckingham, and was happy, at least, that he did not have to do anything particularly special at this session, nor wear those annoying robes. John had dressed him in one of the many suits of clothes that Buckingham had commissioned to be tailored for him. This one was a navy blue and gold brocade. Francis thought it sporting of his naval affiliations, as he had a standing pledge of his ships to Cumberland in the event of war.

He kept his eyes out for Master Murray, who was always good for a talk about politics without making Francis silly. His own knowledge of factions and politics was rather limited, despite Buckingham spending some time seeing to his tutelage in such things. As such, he tried to avoid getting wrangled into any sort of specific conversation about politics with anyone but his friends. He did not wish to showcase what he did or did not know.

Not seeing his one Scottish friend, he looked for his other Scottish friend, Lord Melville.

It seemed friends were in scarce order. His blue eyes turned to the door, wondering when Buckingham would arrive.
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Re: House of Lords | 24/8 1:30-?

Postby Louis Killington » Fri Jan 15, 2016 6:42 am

The next through the door was not Buckingham, but a man who aspired to be like the Duke. The Earl of Basildon arrived with his wife upon his arm. She would move to take her place in the gallery so that she might watch the proceedings carefully. She was every much a politician as he.

The Earl was interested to see whether Danby might be in attendance. If so, it would say much. He was equally interested to see Buckingham. One glance at George Villiers might tell him all he needed to know about the conversation that followed after his departure.

It was hard to feel anything but optimistic when you were Louis Killington. As he surveyed the room, he looked for his brother-in-law as well as the Lord Chancellor. They were often seen together in the antechamber. It was then that he noticed Kingston.

Closing the distance, he remarked "Good day Kingston. We shall see if the afternoon is as eventful as this morning was." He would not ask the man what happened after he left. It would not be seemly. It was possible that Francis was not present for any subsequent conversation. Yet ... if Kingston mighthappen to have something to volunteer, Basildon was eager to listen.
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Re: House of Lords | 24/8 1:30-?

Postby Francis Kirke » Sun Jan 17, 2016 7:10 am

"Surely not as eventful as the other morning, my lord, unless you received the attentions of your wife that were robbed of you then," Francis said back with a grin, before offering a bow.

The blond could not have forgotten about the other morning, but few were likely to know or understand any of their banter. Francis had not even contemplated that Basildon would have told his wife all of it, because while he was quite gentle in his treatment of women and admiring of their capability and minds, he rather thought most men of rank had little use for that in a woman.

None of that particularly revealed whether or not Francis had remained after Basildon had left. Either alternative could make intuitive sense.

Buckingham was surely one person who could be totally alone with the King. Things were likely said between them which were best nobody else overheard. Would they be as candid with him there, and if not, why would they allow him to stay?

On the other hand, the King had declared the young baron trustworthy with attending him when the most sensitive of state topics could arise. Was what Buckingham might say more sensitive than that?

In terms of the Duke, family patriarch's oft took overhearing such things as necessary education, but Buckingham was not a particular creature of convention.

Kingston then added, "His Grace hopes you join another of his parties, I think, he found it all quite stimulating."

It was a sentiment that might not convey whether or not Francis was there for the final conversation, or if there even was one, but he certainly had some direction as to the reaction to it.

Anyone listening in might think it quite the Libertine conversation when it was anything but. Who knew Kingston's talent for sexual innuendo could have some practical use! And this time if anything got back to Basildon's' wife, he was already in the clear as she was in the know.
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Re: House of Lords | 24/8 1:30-?

Postby Defiance » Sun Jan 17, 2016 7:42 am

After some few minutes, the Lord Chancellor arrived, looking as if little was amiss.

His eyes scanned around the crowd. Was he looking to see who had arrived? He could not be looking for his wife and nobody of significance to that day's affairs in Lords would be in the gallery. Even if the King attended, that was not where he would be, and Finch knew the King's secret spot. Who might he be looking for?

Behind him were the Black Rod and his deputy. A few yeomen were at the entrance. What meaning did that have?

The Duke of Buckingham came in next, his long legs making him seem to glide in much faster than the Lord Chancellor. He, too, looked around some, but across the foyer as well as up into the gallery.

It was then that a messenger came up to the Lord Chancellor. It took only a few moments for whispers of what was overheard by those with expert ears to start circulating the room.

"Danby has fled!"

Several other whispers and chatter followed, building upon that news:

"He had not been seen since Saturday."

"Sir John Peyton was said to have been taken in to the Tower." and "Sir John Peyton is not in the Tower, he is in Whitehall."

"I thought Danby was under house arrest?" and "He certain was under house arrest." and "He certainly was not under house arrest."

"Perhaps he was fleeing because of people turning up sick? Have you not heard the talk?" as well as "It is the warm months."

There seemed to be little consistency to the talk aside from the fact that Danby was fled. He had certainly not been seen by anyone in days. The doors to the Hall were finally opened, if only to force something of an end to the clamour of voices as peers went to take their seats.

(OOC - anyone who wants to, get one last post in! I'm going to wrap it tomorrow night!)
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Re: House of Lords | 24/8 1:30-?

Postby John Bramston » Sun Jan 17, 2016 10:38 pm

John idled about the floor, watching more than talking, and staying close to his relatives. That was not hard, for there were an awful lot of them in this company, but in particular Devonshire. He was nervous and looked it too.

His eyes strayed over to the gallery often, looking to try and see Henrietta in the crowd. It was a pity she couldn't wave. He hadn't seen her yet. He noticed that Finch and Buckingham apparently shared his interest in the attendees, and wondered if they too were looking for ladies.

Then there was an explosion of whispers. John listened carefully to the various rumors. That gave him something to distract himself with. He quietly planned what this meant, though in frank it was not something that actually concerned him.

John followed along with his cousin as the lords entered. He was glad for the seat, and seemed to calm somewhat, though his fingers still flexed nervously. He felt that with his luck Guy Fawkes might come back to life to finish the job. But he told himself that was just nerves. Everything will go well, everything will go well. He repeated like a mantra.

And even if it doesn’t, John added in his head, No one expects much of me.

He looked to see who was about him and what they were doing. Best not to stand out more than he did.
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Re: House of Lords | 24/8 1:30-?

Postby Charles Whitehurst » Mon Jan 18, 2016 12:33 am

Langdon had considered that the primary gossip at Lords would be about war, as opposed to the disappearance of the Lord Treasurer. Trying to overhear what he could, it seemed as though Lord Danby was missing. Some thought him under arrest, some thought him fled to somewhere. To a soldier of the King, neither sounded encouraging.

When the man in control of all of the gold of the kingdom was fleeing or under arrest, it suggested to the naive mind of the young earl that Danby must have pilfered some or all of the treasury. It did not take much for Charles to think someone guilty. He looked about for a signal from Prince Rupert or the Duke of Ablemarle that perhaps he should raise a troop of Life Guard and give chase to Danby before he could ship the gold out of the kingdom. No such order seemed to materialize though he stayed close to Rupert.

As the lords entered the main chamber, Charles was compelled to ask the Duke of Cumberland directly, "shall I send a squad of Life Guard to hunt down the Lord Treasurer Your Grace?" If necessary, Landgon was ready to leave at once.
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Re: House of Lords | 24/8 1:30-?

Postby Douglas FitzJames » Fri Jan 22, 2016 12:18 am

OOC: Removed as Douglas will not arrive before Lords ends so very precipitously!.
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Postby Defiance » Fri Jan 22, 2016 3:08 pm

(Fyi, the session will be over way before 3:30 for reasons you'll see in my next post, so they would arrive to find the hall empty!)
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Postby Defiance » Fri Jan 22, 2016 5:02 pm

As the peers finally took their seats, whispers of Danby moved through the hall. That both he and Monmouth were in absence seemed to be marked as significant.

The heat of the whispers was so much that a few lords fanned their faces with their plummed hats, irritating those next to them with the flapping feather. There was not a lot of room once seated, especially on large matters where the session was expected to be lively.

"It is unbearably hot, Basildon, do you not think? It does not suit my constitution," his young brother-in-law, the duke said. He was not the healthiest fellow, being prone to bouts of illness.

Up in the gallery, Henrietta Butler fanned herself and snipped at her brother, "Ossory, stop leaning on me!" The lordling seemed a bit despondent, in contrast to his usual mischievous nature. She was generally not the type to snip either.

Despite it being overcast, it seemed the sheer number of people had an impact on those present. Some of the older folk seemed to have a particularly hard time of it. The Archbishop of Canterbury seemed to be quite pink in the nose and cheeks.

Maldon's older cousin seemed to also be a bit clammy, wiping his face with his embroidered handkerchief. "I say the air is rather stale and warm in here."

The Earl of Leiceister, who was rather ancient for the times, being born in the 16th century, even had a silk scarf wrapped around his neck, leaning heavily against his walking stick even seating.

Some seemed to be not quite as impacted, having plenty of fire, and the disappearance of Danby, under suspicious circumstances, had the Country Party baying for his impeachment with enthusiasm.

Obviously he was complicit in the Dover Treaty business, or he would not have fled. Such were the whispers, especially from the speculation in the gallery.Few likely knew the true reason for Danby's fleeing: the King, finally, had enough when Danby meddled with his son in an attempt to save himself. Without the King's protection, the King did not need to do anything to Danby. The man had enough enemies, as was currently clear.

It was not simply the Country Party either, but quite a few of the Court Party as well, sensing a need to end up on the right side of the argument, both with the mob, and with the King.

Buckingham rose, Shaftesbury banged his walking stick in support, and then there was a sudden eruption from the other side as the Earl of Leicester slumped forward into the lords in front of him. Those who had been next to him jostled in surprise, sending the thin and small elderly man's frail form completely fall into the row in front of them.

It did not become clear precisely what was going on as Lords suddenly jumped up and moved away, but within a few moments cries and shouts rang out.

"The Earl of Leicester is dead!"

The Lord Chancellor had yet to see this as a distraction tactic from either party!

"There's sores! He has sores!"

Seeing who yelled what was impossible as that section of peers.

"ORDER!" Finch attempted to little avail.

There had been some whispers of sickness in the city, a reason London was avoided by the nobility, generally, in the hottest months. Few peers, who generally fled to the country at the first signs of any illness, were not oft exposed to such direct dealings with those who might be sick.

The panic was crazed as son-less fathers imagined the extinction of their families. The cacophony was too loud for much to be heard coherently.

Maldon might think his silent thought had come true! He had ironically poor luck at that moment, but it did not seem his cousin was capable of moving much faster, really, so both were stuck in their spot, thankfully getting no more than jostled.

(OOC - thanks to Joyance for finding me a convenient victim for our plan to end the season!)
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Postby John Bramston » Sat Jan 23, 2016 1:35 am

What an odd heat. John, taking a man's privilege, unbuttoned his coat, and took off his hat and periwig. He placed them on his cane and put it in next to him. Perhaps it could count as a lord and treble Devonshire's vote.

John looked up and did see Henrietta, though after she'd snipped. For a moment he grew more anxious. She might comfort him greatly, but if he looked foolish in front of her it would be so much worse. Devonshire was family and so stuck with him, and the others did not matter so much. But after a moment it passed and he smiled at her before looking away.

"It's v-v-very unhealthy. They ought to add in p-p-plants. They moderate temperatures, you know, and produce good miasmas to counter bad." John took out his handkerchief, which was embroidered and naturally scented, and handed it to Devonshire. "P-p-put this to your nose. It might help." He calmed somewhat as he was able to look after his cousin.

John didn't even make to move, simply bringing his cravat over his face to block some of the air. He looked over at Devonshire who seemed to be staying likewise. "You m-m-might go ahead without me." John assured him, "I w-w-will... catch up." In truth, John thought (in his unmedical opinion) that rushing to the exit would only mean inhaling more of whatever bad air there was.

Besides, he might remain behind and see the earl buried properly. The servants would need someone to urge them to touch him, and most lords would flee. Did he have an heir? Well, it mattered little. John wouldn't leave his peer dead on the floor. And he had Isaac for a successor.

He looked up to Henrietta. He wanted to make sure she left safely. He wanted to see how she handled a crisis.

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Postby Davina Wellsley » Sat Jan 23, 2016 7:36 am

Questions! Questions! From those about her unused to such Public Display had Davina's attention taken away from the one person she had been watching.

Something was afoot ..... She could feel it swirling all about and she saw Charles in conversation and he appeared to be more serious ... Too many other Gentlemen were also looking ab0ut and snippets of conversation from voices raised louder than normal drifted up to the gallery and she 'shushed' one of the cousins in impatience.

"Oh Do cease your prattling for a moment!" She exclaimed. "There is something not right and I am trying to hear of it. Just sit and be quiet - its become over-heated already and I am far to warm .... And I have forgot my fan ..."

Her actions were out of the ordinary and so the small group did as asked eyes fastened onto their Cousin as she stood and tried to peer over the railings.

It was then the first cry came and she watched as the old Earl of Leicester suddenly pitched forward and tumbled onto those in front of him. Bedlam ensued as shouts and cries and those rushed to that area.

Another cry was taken up and she hastily crossed herself uncaring of who might have seen it.

"Splendor of God! Pestilence!"

Her hand went to her throat and for a moment she felt panic but then turned towards her family group issuing sharp one word commands that had them all standing as she urged the boys to clear a path with Calmness and Manners so that all might be swiftly gotten away.

Fear had caught its hold by now and she knew from past experience that they had to move fast or risk being trampled. She urged them onwards uncaring of a foot stepped on or an elbow hitting. Her skirt caught on an exposed nail but she did to stop allowing it to tear.

Free of the Gallery she did not linger but did not go towards the main set of doors instead shepherding her charges to the side and to another exit.

She saw faces she knew seemingly following along .....
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Re: House of Lords | 24/8 1:30-?

Postby Defiance » Sun Jan 24, 2016 10:09 pm

I forgot Rupert's response to CW! Sorry

(Before Pandemonium)

"We shall speak of it after the session. If it is true, then there will need to be action taken by many."

Rupert was a strategist. He immediately thought of all the things Danby might know and use if need be.

(We can work this into your recess at Windsor since that's Rupert's usual away from court digs ;) )
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Re: House of Lords | 24/8 1:30-?

Postby Louis Killington » Mon Jan 25, 2016 4:48 am

His conversation with Kingston was cut short by the whispers surrounding them. Danby has fled? What a fool. This would play into the hands of the Lord Treasurer's hands. They would claim that he was admitting treason in the Dover Treaty, or perhaps was embezzling funds. Few people would know of his connection to Monmouth's misadventures.

Intrigued, the Earl bent his head to listen to the speculation as he schemed how to turn this development into his advantage. Rather than sit back and allow events to come to him, Basildon preferred to be a man of action. One gained respect for being decisive.

His mind remained on various scenarios as the lords moved to take their seats in the chamber. Louis moved to sit near the Lord Chancellor, displaying his connection to royal power. It was best not to openly display a sudden affinity for the Duke of Buckingham in case the Duke preferred to keep their alliance a secret.

The Earl of Leicester died at last. Some had wagered he would make it to 100. Yet, the manner of his death caused great consternation. The death was beneficial in that it would be hard to continue business. A link to the plague, however, would cause a greater tumult. This might be played to his advantage as well. Panic ensued but the Earl of Basildon watched calmly as the crowd fled. He was an immortal in his own mind and he wanted to etch in the memory of his colleagues his calm in the face of catastrophe. As such, he would calmly walk from the chamber once the others had departed. There was a new day dawning and the Earl of Basildon had every intention of mastering it.
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