Thomas Duppa who was Black Rod from 1683-1694 compiled The
Commonplace Book for his own use. It sheds vital light not only on
how the Lords was managed, and the daily routines, but also on the
personalities of the period. *The Commonplace Book is an extremely
rare survival from late seventeenth century Parliamentary history
*Entries describe Sir Thomas Duppa's investiture as black rod and
his knighting in 1683, as well as the coronation of James II in
1685 *Sheds scarce and important light on how the Lords was
managed, and the daily routines that aided its running *Provides
vital information on the disputes that took place over precedence
and responsibilities between those employed at court and those
working in parliament
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