Robin Eagles read history at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he also studied for his D. Phil considering the influence of France and French culture on the English elite in the second half of the eighteenth century. Since 2001 he has worked at the History of Parliament Trust in London where he is now a senior research fellow on the House of Lords 1660-1832 section. His work at the History concentrates on producing biographical entries on peers based in the 'Heart of England' and on those with interests in diplomacy. Past publications have included several pieces that resulted from his doctoral research and from work at the History, among them a monograph, Francophilia in English Society, 1748-1815 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2000), an article examining the activities of the Oxfordshire peers during the 1688 revolution in Parliamentary History and an essay in a collection edited by Dorothy Medlin and Kathleen Doig, British-French relations in the eighteenth century, (Cambridge Scholars, 2007), re-examining the experience of the two noble hostages for the delivery of Cape Breton to the French following the conclusion of the War of the Austrian Succession. Robin's current research interests include the life and political association of Frederick, Prince of Wales, father of George III, and an exploration of the contacts between William of Orange and his court with the English elite in preparation for the 1688 invasion. In addition to this he is also one of the three honorary general editors of the London Record Society, working with several authors preparing editions of 17th and 18th-century sources as well as preparing his own edition of the diaries of the 18th-century radical politician John Wilkes. Robin's work at the Beinecke Library will concentrate on sources relating to Parliament and more particularly the House of Lords in the period 1660-1715.
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