The Lords in the 17th Century

Lord Norton

For anyone interested in the history of the House of Lords, the History of Parliament has produced a richly illustrated volume on the House following the Restoration in 1660.  Entitled Honour, Interest and Power: An Illustrated History of the House of Lords, 1660-1715, and edited by Ruth Paley and Paul Seaward, it is published by Boydell and Brewer.  More details here.

It provides a study of how the House, having been brought back into existence, vigorously renewed its involvement in the political life of the nation.

7 comments for “The Lords in the 17th Century

  1. Senex
    18/02/2011 at 11:07 am

    As you are a declared a category 10, non-financial interests (c) trustee, History of Parliament Trust can you tell us how the trust is funded?

    • Lord Norton
      Lord Norton
      18/02/2011 at 7:09 pm

      Senex: Certainly can. The History of Parliament is a major historical study – it has been in existence for more than 50 years – and is funded by Parliament. You can read more on the History’s website at:

      • Senex
        18/02/2011 at 9:58 pm

        Taxpayer funded! I think we can both agree that a reference book is only as good as the quality of its index. A competent maintainer of a book will always ensure that its index is kept up to date creatively.

        The same applies to Hansard but there is a difference. Hansard gets a huge freebie in that its output is indexed comprehensively by internet search engines like Google and I cannot imagine life today without such ready access to Hansard content for research purposes.

        The Parliamentary Histories that the trust maintains are quite another matter. They seem only to reside in published hardback form and being so expensive to buy are only available to university and public reference libraries. Its the parking its so expensive!

        To fall into line with Hansard and to obtain the Google freebie should these volumes be searchable online? This is going to cost and would most likely be beyond the resources of Parliament at this time.

        The house has a few wealthy individuals that might be approached with a view to making the Parliamentary History volumes available to the general public as part of our national heritage. What do you think?

        • Lord Norton
          Lord Norton
          21/02/2011 at 8:49 am

          Senex: You will doubtless be pleased to know that the material from the History is being put online, so will be easily accessible. I should add that there is a special offer on the previous printed volumes, which is how I got my copies.

        • Senex
          21/02/2011 at 10:40 am

          Excellent! And thank you.

  2. maude elwes
    18/02/2011 at 11:45 am

    @ Lord Norton: How thoughtful of you to pass on this information regarding the book.

    I for one will peruse it avidly.

    Thank you for doing that.

    • Lord Norton
      Lord Norton
      21/02/2011 at 8:50 am

      maude elwes: I trust you enjoy it. For anyone interested in the history of the House, it is a fascinating read.

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