Dr Robin Eagles

Current Research

Senior Research Fellow Lords 1660-1832

History of Parliament Research

My work at the History of Parliament concentrates on peers in the 'heart of England', principally those with interests in Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire, and on members of the House of Lords engaged in diplomacy. Several were prominent in the Glorious Revolution, notably Thomas, 1st marquess of Wharton ('Honest Tom') and James Bertie, 1st earl of Abingdon. I have also worked on (most of) the members of the Whig Junto.

Research and Publications

My own research interests span the period 1688-1788. I am currently editing John Wilkes's later diaries for the London Record Society, of which I am also one of the honorary general editors, and I continue to be interested in studies relating to the 1688 Revolution and to Frederick, Prince of Wales. Publications include:

- ‘Beguiled by France? The English aristocracy 1748-1848’, in L. Brockliss and D. Eastwood, eds., A Union of Multiple Identities: the British Isles c. 1750-1850, (Manchester University Press, 1997).

- Francophilia in English Society 1748-1815, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2000).

- ‘“No more to be said”? Reactions to the death of Frederick Lewis, Prince of Wales’, Historical Research, 80:209 (published online Sept. 2006, print publication Aug. 2007).

- ‘“The Only Disagreeable Thing in the Whole”: the Selection and Experience of the British Hostages for the Delivery of Cape Breton in Paris, 1748-1749’, in D.M. Medlin and K.H. Doig, eds., British-French Exchanges in the Eighteenth Century, (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007).

- ‘Unnatural allies? The Oxfordshire elite from the exclusion crisis to the overthrow of James II’, Parliamentary History, 26:3 (Oct. 2007).

- ‘The House of Lords 1660-1707’, in Clyve Jones, ed., A Short History of Parliament, (Boydell, 2009).

- 'Geoffrey Holmes and the House of Lords reconsidered', Parliamentary History special issue, 28:1 (Feb. 2009)

- '"Opening the door to truth and liberty": Bowood's French connexion', in Nigel Aston and Clarissa Campbell-Orr, eds, An Enlightenment Statesman in Whig Britain, Lord Shelburne in context (1737-1805), (Boydell, 2011).

- ‘”If he deserves it”: William of Orange’s pre-Revolution British contacts and Gilbert Burnet’s proposals for the post-Revolution administration’, in Clyve Jones, ed., Institutional Practice and Memory: Parliamentary People, Records and Histories. Essays in Honour of Sir John Sainty, (Parliamentary History xxxii: pt.1, 2013)

- (with Clyve Jones) ‘The missing official proxy records of the House of Lords for 1661-2’, in Clyve Jones, ed., Institutional Practice and Memory: Parliamentary People, Records and Histories. Essays in Honour of Sir John Sainty, (Parliamentary History xxxii: pt.1, 2013)

- 'Loyal Opposition? Prince Frederick and Parliament', (forthcoming in Parliamentary History).