British Parliamentary History, 1102-1803

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Pre-Hansard Parliamentary papers, 1102-1803

Pre-Hansard Parliamentary papers, 1102-1803

The very significant strength of the collection here lies in its breadth of coverage: the growth of governance through Parliament, the Civil Wars and the creation of Britain's modern system of Cabinet government
Andrew StruaUniversity of Glasgow

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See how Parliament was affected by the Civil War and French Revolution

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For the historian, this collection provides an excellent insight into the history of Parliament and British politics. With excellence in both breadth and depth, the content here assembled provides some of the most significant resources available in British political history. To have coverage of the central political body in English, and British, history from the twelfth century through to the early nineteenth century is of great worth and significance to the student, researcher and historian. We see in these records events which shaped the politics of the British Isles and the lives of the various British peoples. The diaries of Anchitell Grey, as recorded in his Debates of the House of Commons from the year 1667 to the year 1694, are one of the key resources for any discussion on the Exclusion Crisis and Revolution of the late 1680s, while the records of John Almon and William 'Memory' Woodfall provide some of the strongest collections of Parliamentary records for the latter eighteenth century. To have these, and many more, collected into one place will allow the researcher and student an unparalleled access, and insight, to the political history of the British Isles. Throughout the period covered here, we can see a wide range of history unfold. The breadth of detailed coverage allows us to see the first steps towards the creation of Parliament through Magna Carta, the expansion of the Parliamentary body to include Wales (and, briefly, Ireland and Scotland during Cromwell's Commonwealth), the development of Parliamentary supremacy after the Civil Wars and Restoration of the monarchy, the creation of the Kingdom of Great Britain after the Act of Union (1707), the slow - but influential - birth of the concept of Cabinet government and the development of the role of Prime Minister under Robert Walpole (who governed from the 1720s to the 1740s), the creation and collapse of the first British Empire in North America, the British reaction to the French Revolution, and an age of great thinkers (including Thomas Hobbes, Jonathan Swift, John Locke, Edmund Burke, Adam Smith and more). These volumes are exclusively derived from the Wakefield One Library. Accompanied by an online guide and scholarly introduction to the collection by Dr Andrew Struan, University of Glasgow.


British Parliamentary History, 1102-1803...

Containing 113,100 pages belonging to 205 documents housed in 12 volumes...

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Parliamentary History (2nd ed.), 1102-1660

"The Parliamentary or Constitutional History of England; From the earliest Times, to the Restoration of King Charles II."The twenty-fourth volume...

Parliamentary Papers, 1242-1796

Collectively, these volumes consist of a 'Complete Collection of Kings Speeches...From the Restoration in 1660 to the Dissolution of the...

Grey's Debates, 1667-1694

"Debates of the House of Commons, From the Year 1667 to the Year 1694. Collected by the Honble Anchitell Grey,...

The Senator (Clarendon), 1790-1793

"The Senator; or, Clarendon's Parliamentary Chronicle. Containing a Weekly Register, Recording with the Strictest Impartiality and utmost Accuracy, the Proceedings...


  • Given the vast range of dates covered in these papers, the reader may wish to start their research with dates for events then research what these records reported about them.
  • Within 'Vol. I, 1102-1399', image 37 reports the Magna Carta being signed, image 126 describes a meeting of Edward I's Model Parliament in 1295, and image 184 covers the battle of Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.
  • Within 'Vol. II, 1399-1509', image 149 describes the events around the battle of Agincourt, image 219 the introduction of standard weights and measures, and image 389 describes Edward V and his brother's death.
  • Within 'Vol. IV, 1562-1603', image 312 covers the death of Mary Queen of Scots, image 313 mentions the Spanish inquisition, and images 313 to 314 cover the Spanish Armada.
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