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The British Constitution$
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Anthony King

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199576982

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576982.001.0001

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Their Lordships

Their Lordships

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The British Constitution

Anthony King

Oxford University Press

This chapter deals with the House of Lords. The old House of Lords is a strange body which has existed since at least the 14th century. Unlike in France, only two estates emerged in Britain namely the peerage and the commons. Each of the two estates had its own house of parliament to represent its interestates, and the two were kept apart wherein no one could sit in both houses. For centuries, the two houses were equal in power, but the only important exception to the two houses’ equality of power lay in the finance field.

Keywords:   House of Lords, lordships, 14th century, Britain, peerage, commons, house of parliament, interestates, equality of power, finance

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