These volumes contain biographies of the 1,782 Members of the House of Commons from 1604 and 1629, surveys of elections in the 259 constituencies of Britain over the same period and a groundbreaking introductory survey of the early seventeenth-century House of Commons as an institution. The result of research in over 170 archives by expert historians, illuminating individual lives, local politics and national events, they constitute the most comprehensive survey of British politics during this period. These years constitute a critical moment in parliamentary history, which witnessed a far-reaching breakdown in the relationship between James I and Charles I and their parliaments. As the survey shows for the first time, they also saw a collapse in the capacity of the House of Commons to legislate, and increasing interest in membership of the Commons. Together, these volumes provide the means to transform the study of early Stuart politics.
'This magisterial study deserves a place with Gardner and Spedding … The physical heft of these six volumes reflects an uncommon depth and breadth of research: a sustained intellectual effort measured in thousands of pages, 1,782 individual biographies, hundreds of topical essays, and innumerable shrewd, well-grounded judgments … this history may be the grandest good small book of its generation.' Allen D. Boyer, Historischen Zeitschrift
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Table of Contents
Volume I. 1. The nature, functions and remit of the House of Commons; 2. Membership; 3. Motives for membership; 4. Elections; 5. The composition of the House of Commons; 6. Times of sitting; 7. Topography; 8. The Officers and Servants of the House; 9. Attendance; 10. Speechmaking and debate; 11. Legislation and petitions; 12. Meetings and conferences; 13. The management of the Commons; 14. Representation and accountability; Appendices; Volume II. Constituencies. England, Wales; Volume III. Members A-C; Volume IV. Members D-J; Volume V. Members K-Q; Volume VI. Members R-Z; Appendix. Quasi members.