Housing Parliament

Housing Parliament : Dublin, Edinburgh and Westminster

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A number of different perspectives on the theme of the evolution of parliaments and the buildings in which they have met are offered in this volume. Topics include the virtual reconstruction of parts of the medieval palace of Westminster; the development of English parliamentary procedure in the centuries before and after the move into St Stephen's Chapel; popular access to Westminster and its political discourse; the connections between politics and the construction of new parliamentary buildings in Dublin and Edinburgh; and the adaptation of the new Palace of Westminster in the light of the working conditions of members of parliament. These essays explore aspects of the political, social, architectural and cultural history of parliaments, demonstrating some of the immense potential for new departures in the historiography of the British archipelago's parliamentary heritage.show more

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 23mm | 346g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • 0748616667
  • 9780748616664

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Contents; Preface; Notes on Contributors; Plan: The Palace of Westminster in the early 18th century; Sean Kelsey, Housing Parliament: Dublin, Edinburgh and Westminster.; John Crook and Roland B. Harris, Reconstructing the Lesser Hall: An Interim Report from the Medieval Palace of Westminster Research Project; Alasdair Hawkyard, From Painted Chamber to St Stephen's Chapel: The Meeting Places of the House of Commons at Westminster until 1603; Chris R. Kyle, Parliament and the Palace of Westminster: An Exploration of Public Space in the Early Seventeenth Century; Aonghus MacKechnie, Housing Scotland's Parliament, 1603-1707; Edward McParland, Building the Parliament House in Dublin; Clare Wilkinson, Politics and Topography in the Old House of Commons, 1783-1834; M. H. Port, 'The Best Club in the World?' The House of Commons, c. 1860-1915; Index.show more