Dr Robin Eagles

Current Research

History of Parliament Research


I joined the History in 2001 and worked on the House of Lords 1660-1715 volumes, contributing articles on members of the Whig Junto, on a number of courtiers and diplomats, and on peers with interests in the ‘heart of England’. In January 2018 I was appointed editor of the Lords 1660-1832 section and am now working on articles covering the period 1715-1790.


Research and Publications


My own research interests span the period 1688-1788 with a particular emphasis on the experience of the aristocracy in the 1688 Revolution, opposition politics centred on Leicester House, the radical politician John Wilkes, and the old Palace of Westminster. I am currently co-editing (with Dr Coleman Dennehy) a volume of essays reappraising the major Restoration figure, Henry Bennet, earl of Arlington.

Publications include:


- ‘ “A Reward for so Meritorious an Action”? Lord Hervey’s Summons to the House of Lords and Walpole’s Management of the Upper Chamber (1727-42), in Richard A. Gaunt and D.W. Hayton, eds. Peers and Politics, c.1650-1850: Essays in Honour of Clyve Jones (Parliamentary History 39:1, 2020)

 - Co-edited with Coleman A. Dennehy, Henry Bennet, Earl of Arlington, And His World: Restoration Court, Politics And Diplomacy (Routledge, 2020)

- ‘Frederick, Prince of Wales, the ‘Court’ of Leicester House and the ‘Patriot’ Opposition to Walpole, c.1733–1742’, (The Court Historian, 2016),

- ‘ “I Who Speak Always Unpremeditately”: The Earl of Mulgrave's Speeches Against Corruption and in Defence of His Honour, 1692 and 1695’, (eBLJ, 2016),

- ‘ “I Have Neither Interest nor Eloquence Sufficient to Prevaile”: The Duke of Shrewsbury and the Politics of Succession during the Reign of Anne’, (eBLJ, 2015),

- The Diaries of John Wilkes, 1770-1797 (London Record Society 49, Boydell 2014),

- 'Loyal Opposition? Prince Frederick and Parliament', in Clyve Jones and James Kelly, eds. Parliament, Politics and Policy in Britain and Ireland, c.1680-1832: essays in Honour of D.W. Hayton, (Parliamentary History, 33:1, 2014),

- ‘”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 32:1, 2013),

- '"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),

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

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

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

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

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

- ‘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).