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Imprison'd WranglersThe Rhetorical Culture of the House of Commons 1760-1800$
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Christopher Reid

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199581092

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199581092.001.0001

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(p.240) Epilogue
Imprison'd Wranglers

Christopher Reid

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The epilogue considers how the rhetorical culture of the House, and the image of its speakers, began to change at the end of the period covered by the book. It discusses the role played by Charles James Fox in redefining the role of the public orator and in reaching new audiences for oratory, and shows how two of Fox's most prominent successors, George Canning and Henry Brougham, followed his example in their famous election contest at Liverpool in 1812. The heirs of Pitt and Fox, in whose shadow they still spoke, Canning and Brougham are identified as pioneering and transitional figures, parliamentarians who extended the possibilities of public address, and early contributors to the development of the extra-parliamentary platform that was to become such a feature of nineteenth-century political life.

Keywords:   platform, nineteenth-century oratory, audiences, charles James Fox, george Canning, henry Brougham

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