Parliament and its Buildings

Overview

The clock tower of the Houses of Parliament is known the world over, but is only part of a sprawling neo-Gothic complex built to house the British legislative system. Parliament has been several hundred years in the making and has changed from a mobile assembly gathered only at the king's behest and for his own ends, through to a static Westminster-based democracy that has alternately challenged, checked and bolstered royal authority. In his introduction to the history of this system and the buildings that have ...

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Overview

The clock tower of the Houses of Parliament is known the world over, but is only part of a sprawling neo-Gothic complex built to house the British legislative system. Parliament has been several hundred years in the making and has changed from a mobile assembly gathered only at the king's behest and for his own ends, through to a static Westminster-based democracy that has alternately challenged, checked and bolstered royal authority. In his introduction to the history of this system and the buildings that have housed it, Richard Tames explains the evolutions of the House of Lords and the House of Commons, how legislation is passed through these chambers and what other functions the houses have performed. He also explores traditions such as the State Opening by the monarch, the role of the Mace, and such officials as the speakers and Black Rod.

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"My favorite part of this book is that it’s filled with beautiful pictures and illustrations – some of rooms in the Palace of Westminster that are not open to the public and you wouldn’t normally see. My favorite images was a two page summary illustration of the original floor plan for the new Palace of Westminster when it was built. Amazing!
I highly recommend this little book if you want to learn more about the British parliamentary system." —Anglotopia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780747811664
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/19/2013
  • Series: Shire Library Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Tames read history at the University of Cambridge and took his Master's degree at Birkbeck College, London. He teaches for Syracuse University's London programme and has written Isambard Kingdom Brunel, William Morris and The Victorian Public House for Shire.

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Table of Contents

The 'Mother of Parliaments'
The Evolution of Parliament
The Palace of Westminster
Parliament at Work
Visiting Parliament
Further Reading and Websites
Index 

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