'The Coal Strike: Mr. Lloyd George addressing the miners' representatives at Cardiff', 1915. Artist: Unknown
'The Coal Strike: Mr. Lloyd George addressing the miners' representatives at Cardiff', 1915. On 15 July 1915 about 200, 000 coalminers in south Wales went on strike. They complained about poor wage rates and rejected an agreement that had been arrived at nationally. The strike was a serious event because the war effort depended on coal to fuel the navy and for the production of armaments. The miners were accused of treachery at a time of national crisis. David Lloyd George, 1st Earl Lloyd-George of Dwyfor (1863-1945), British Liberal politician. From The Manchester Guardian History of the War Vol. III - 1915.. [John Heywood Ltd, London, 1915]
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Letter from Benjamin Franklin to David Hartley MP, 14th April 1782.Artist: Benjamin Franklin
Letter from Benjamin Franklin to David Hartley MP, 14th April 1782. Letter written from Passy when Franklin was Minister from the United States to France suggesting that, if the new English Ministry (of Lord Rockingham) was disposed to treat for a general peace, Henry Laurens should be set at full liberty and should bring over propositions. Both Franklin and fellow American Laurens were included in a commission from Congress to conclude a peace, dated 15th June, 1781. The latter, when on a mission to the Netherlands to negotiate a loan, had been captured at sea and was a prisoner on parole in England. The Definitive Treaty between Great Britain and the United States was negotiated by Hartley with Franklin and the others, being signed at Paris, 3rd September, 1783. From the fifth series of Facsimiles of royal, historical, literary and other autographs in the Department of Manuscripts, British Museum: Series I-V. (London, 1899).
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Peace of Amboise ending the first French Religious War, 13 March 1563 (1570). Artist: Jacques Tortorel
Peace of Amboise ending the first French Religious War, 13 March 1563 (1570). The peace conference was held on the Isle de Boeuf, Orleans. Amongst those present were Catherine de Medici (1519-1589) and Anne de Montmorency, Constable of France (1493-1767), for the Catholics, and Louis, Prince de Conde (1530-1569) and Francois de Coligny, Seigneur d'Andelot (1521-1569) on the Huguenot side. The French Religious Wars between the Catholics and the Protestant Huguenots took place between 1562 and 1598. They were sparked by a massacre of Huguenots during a service at Vassy, incited by the Guise family. The conflict ended when Henry IV issued the Edict of Nantes, granting Protestants and Catholics equal rights.
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