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Theater of StateParliament and Political Culture in Early Stuart England$
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Chris Kyle

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804752886

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804752886.001.0001

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Audience Reactions: The Noise of Politics

Audience Reactions: The Noise of Politics

(p.36) Chapter Two Audience Reactions: The Noise of Politics
Theater of State
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This chapter discusses how noise and commotion increasingly became a signifier of parliamentary protest and opposition. While most members did not speak in the House, they participated in the political business of the nation through acclamation, hawking, murmuring, or sitting silent. Their “voices” were heard and registered through their actions rather than in speaking in the intimidating environment of the Commons. Moreover, even the “trivial” noises of Parliament turn out to be political when they operate in concert, and when they are orchestrated to operate as an instrument of the body politic—as an expression of its collective will.

Keywords:   Parliament, noise, commotion, House of Commons, parliamentary protest

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