Introduction to Survey

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
Available from Boydell and Brewer

There are 2,668 biographical articles in these volumes, but because of difficulties encountered in the identification of borough MPs (almost all the county Members have been identified) the precise number of men who sat in the House of Commons during this period cannot be stated. Some of the articles do no more than discuss the problems of identification, or weigh the evidence for choosing one of two or more namesakes, eit