Religion and belief
Parliament has been a dominant force in shaping the religious life of the nation. The Church of England was created by parliamentary statute, and was protected from its enemies by further laws.
The Church is an integral part of the state and this position has been strongly upheld by Parliament.
Over time Parliament has responded to changing social realities and relaxed the laws on religious liberty.
The Parliamentary Archives worked with Kent History and Library Centre to explore the life and career of Charles Stanhope, 3rd Earl Stanhope. Find out more here.
Explore the Parliamentary collections for documents about the history of the Book of Common Prayer