When you read novels set in England during the 1600’s through about World War One, you often read about the London Season. What exactly was the London Season? In reality, it was a social ritual which evolved around the sitting of Parliament. Sometime after Christmas, Parliament would convene and gentlemen of the aristocracy left the comfort of their country estates for London to participate in the House of Lords (more on Parliament in another post).
The exact dates Parliament convened varied annually and, according to at least one source, was controlled by the success or failure of the hunting season. Parliament could open anywhere between November and February. And when it did, the fashionable flocked to London (or as it was referred to then