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CHAPTER IX
THE HOUSE OF LORDS

PARLIAMENT, as has been seen, consists of two houses or chambers, the house of lords and the house of commons, and it is the house of lords that is usually referred to as the second chamber.
The house of lords is, unless an exception be made for Hungary, the oldest second chamber in the world. Of all second chambers it is the most numerous and the most hereditary in its character. And it has suffered less change in its constitution than any legislative chamber with an approximate tenure of life. It is the lineal descendant of the great council of the Plantagenet kings, before that council was reinforced by the addition of elected members. But, though its constitution has not been materially altered since those days, its numbers and composition have greatly changed.
There are now over 620 members of the house of lords, including royal princes, archbishops, dukes, marquesses, earls, viscounts, bishops, barons, and five judicial life peers. To the model parliament of 1295 were sum

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