This book employs a variety of methodologies, including thematic survey, biographical enquiry, and specific study, to examine British and Irish parliamentary history between the exclusion crisis and the Great Reform Act. * Casts new light on familiar themes and also introduces previously unexplored issues * Discusses important topics and figures of the period, such as Robert Peel; Frederick, Prince of Wales; Irish regulation of trade; the Excise Crisis; the impact of the West Indies on the mid-Georgian elections; and the Glorious Revolution of 1688 * Utilizes the Irish Legislation Database to re-examine the history of the pre-Union Irish parliament * Unites the scholarship of prominent figures in the field with the voices of younger historians
Clyve Jones is Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Historical Research and has been Editor of Parliamentary History since 1986. Previously he was Reader in Modern History at the University of London and Collection Development Librarian in the Institute of Historical Research. He has published extensively on the history of the House of Lords and of the peerage in the early eighteenth century. His most recent publications include A Short History of Parliament: England, Britain, the United Kingdom, Scotland and Ireland (2009) and British Politics in the Age of Holmes: Geoffrey Holmes's "British Politics in the Age of Anne" 40 Years On (Wiley, 2009). James Kelly is Cregan Professor of History at St. Patrick s College, Dublin City University, Ireland. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and of the Irish Manuscripts Commission and currently serves as Editor of Analecta Hibernica and Joint Editor of Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy. He is past-President of the Irish Historical Society and The Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society. He is the author or editor of several books on Irish history, including most recently, Clubs and Societies in Eighteenth-Century Ireland (2010) and Sir Richard Musgrave, 1746-1818: Ultra-Protestant Ideologue (2009).