Inside The House of Lords

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9780004140476: Inside The House of Lords

Derry Moore’s exclusive colour photographs and Clive Aslet’s authoritative text provide a sumptuous architectural and historical appreciation of the Upper House.

INTRODUCTION
A perspective from different peers, for example, Lord Hurd, Lord Patten, Lady Marr, Lord Ferrers, etc.

THE BUILDING AND ITS TRADITIONS
This describes the architecture in detail; how Barry and Pugin arrived at the final designs.
Also, the traditions and procedures of the Upper House – for example, the Lord Chancellor’s Procession, the Woolsack.

ITS HISTORY
The history as the Victorians saw it. Every square inch of the Palace of Westminster symbolises the Victorians’ sense of their past, surviving as part of a continuous tradition of democracy. This chapter would examine the key points that the Victorians sought to emphasise, in the light of modern historical knowledge.

KEY EVENTS
The key events that shaped the House of Lords up to the present day – the Great Reform Act, the 1911 debacle with Lloyd-George,

WHAT THE LORDS DO TODAY
An analysis of the function of the chamber. Discussion of the alternatives, with reform in mind.

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Review:

Review’s for Clive Aslet’s THE LAST COUNTRY HOUSES:

“…must rival Mark Girourd as one of the best. His book is superb”
Nigel Nicolson in The Guardian

“His book is a revelation… (he) has the catholicity of taste demanded for a book like this”
Anthony Powell in The Daily Telegraph

From the Back Cover:

The House of Lords, the older of the two Houses of Parliament, is one of the marvels of Britain. As an institution, composed of hereditary peers, life peers, Law Lords and bishops, it defies comparison with any other senate in the world. Its seniority to the House of Commons is reflected in the splendour of its decoration, enriched with opulent gilding, masterly carving and works of art. This is the setting in which legislation is introduced and revised; issues concerning the public are debated; and judgments from Britain’s supreme court are delivered.

The House of Lords has endured, evolving, throughout a millennium. In its present form, it is a scarcely believable phenomenon. No single person, not even a constitution genius, could have devised the peculiar means of selection, the character of those attending, the rigamarole to which grown men and women happily (usually) submit themselves, the anomalies, the curiosity of the traditions or the panapoly of the architecture (it took both Charles Barry and A.W.N. Pugin to do that). Now the debate on its future is intense. Arguably, the House of Lords is more active now than it has ever been. And it arouses strong passions.

At this time of reappraisal and reform, Clive Aslet and Derry Moore take a privileged look inside the House of Lords, to dwell affectionately on its rich architectural and political past, as well as to talk with the peers who compose it today, in order to help understand the position in which it now finds itself. The author Clive Aslet has had the opportunity to interview a wide range of Lords and those who serve them, while the photographer Derry Moore has had unlimited access to the building and many of his fellow peers to capture the spirit of the place in a sumptuous and unrivalled photographic portrait.

Derry Moore’s exclusive colour photographs and Clive Aslet’s authoritative text provide a sumptuous architectural and historical appreciation of the Upper House.

Derry Moore, the Earl of Drogheda, is one of the UK’s leading architectural and gardening photographers working today. His photographs are to be seen in many magazines and publications, notably 'Country Life'

Clive Aslet is an architectural historian training and wrote the highly acclaimed 'The Last Country Houses'. He is the editor of 'Country Life' magazine and recently stirred public debate with his book 'Anyone for England?'

Reviews from Clive Aslet’s 'The Last Country Houses':

“ …must rival Mark Girouard as one of the best. His book is superb.”
NIGEL NICHOLSON, 'The Guardian'

“ His book is a revelation…(he) has the catholicity of taste demanded for a book like this.’
ANTHONY POWELL, 'The Daily Telegraph'

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