Wonderful post from Cheryl Bolen.
I wrote the following article for the October issue of The Regency Reader. (To get a free subscription, send a blank email to TheRegencyReaderfirstname.lastname@example.org) The hero and heroine of my recently released Marriage of Inconvenience were both keenly interested in Parliament. Lord Aynsley served in the House of Lords, and his bride was keenly interested in reform.
The Houses of Parliament that we know today were constructed during Queen Victoria’s reign. Prior to the 1834 fire, the House of Commons met at St. Stephen’s Chapel within the Palace of Westminster, and the House of Lords met in the White Chamber of the Palace of Westminster, then in 1801moved to larger quarters at the former Court of Requests (still at the Palace of Westminster).
Prior to the Great Reform Bill of 1832, the legislative power of the kingdom rested with a handful of rich, aristocratic landowners. In the early 1800s, eight…
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