Christopher Reid

in Imprison'd Wranglers

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199581092
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745621 | DOI:

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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

Chapter.  2985 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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