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The House of Lords in the Reign of Charles II


Part of Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History

  • Date Published: May 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521893411

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  • This is a study of the House of Lords in the reign of Charles II. It examines the House's institutional and political activities, and reveals the vital role played by the peerage in Caroline parliaments. Andrew Swatland draws on an extensive range of sources to analyse the membership and procedural developments of the House of Lords, relating these to legislative, judicial and political issues in Restoration England. He sheds light on the Lords' relations with the king and the Commons, and assesses the contribution made by peers and bishops to the Restoration church settlement. He also describes the emergence of political parties, reinterpreting 'Toryism' and 'Whiggism' during the succession crisis of 1679–81. This detailed and balanced study is both a major institutional history and an important contribution to the history of Restoration politics and political culture.

    • Was the first comprehensive study of the House of Lords under Charles II
    • Reveals the vital role played by the peerage in the government of Restoration England
    • Gives an interpretation of the genesis and development of political parties
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    • Date Published: May 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521893411
    • length: 308 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • contains: 6 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. From Abolition to Restoration:
    2. In the wilderness, 1649–1660
    Part II. Members and the Business of the House:
    3. Membership, attendance and privileges
    4. Legislation
    5. Justice
    Part III. King, Lords and Commons:
    6. King and Lords
    7. Lords and Commons
    Part IV. Religion:
    8. Religious composition
    9. Church settlement
    10. Religious nonconformity
    Part V. Politics:
    11. Factions, country peers and the 'Whig' party
    12. Court and 'Tory' peers

  • Author

    Andrew Swatland

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