By James Sharpe
‘Wonderfully unique, finished and astute.’ The Times
‘Sweeping and impressive … Sharpe is a humane and clear-eyed consultant to a sequence of intractable and well timed questions.’ Observer
‘A magisterial e-book … The outlaw's tune has without doubt by no means been greater rendered.’ Times Literary Supplement
From the tragic story of Mary Clifford, whose demise by the hands of her agency scandalised Georgian London, to an account of the violent actions of Victorian Manchester's scuttling gangs, through a personality portrait of the duel-obsessed Cavalier Sir John Reresby, A Fiery & livid People explores the brutal underside of our nationwide existence in all its type. And because it considers the litany of attacks, murders and riots that pepper our background, it additionally strains the delicate shifts that experience taken position either within the nature of violence and in people's attitudes to it. Why used to be it, for instance, that wife-beating might right away be concurrently criminal and so frowned upon that power offenders may good turn out being ducked within the village pond? whilst did the serial killer first make an visual appeal within the annals of English crime? How might soccer be seemed at one second as a raucous hobby that are meant to be banned, and the subsequent as a good game that are meant to be inspired? What gave upward push to certain types of violent felony – medieval outlaws, Georgian highwaymen, Victorian garroters – and what made them dwindle after which vanish?
Throughout, Professor James Sharpe attracts on an astonishingly wide selection of fabric – court docket documents and homicide pamphlets, renowned ballads and novels, sermons and flicks – to color bright photographs of the nation's criminals and felony process from medieval occasions to the current day. He offers a powerful feel of what it was once prefer to be stuck up in, say, a highway brawl in medieval Oxford or a conflict in the course of the English Civil conflict. And he additionally seeks to respond to maybe the main interesting and basic query of all: is a rustic that has skilled not just consistent aggression on anyone scale but in addition the Peasants' insurrection, the Gordon Riots, the ballot Tax protests and the city unrest of summer time 2011 certainly susceptible to violence or are we, in truth, progressively turning into a gentler nation?
‘Deeply researched, thoughtfully thought of and vividly written … learn it.’ History Today
‘Sharpe's eye for element guarantees that the surprise price by no means dwindles.’ Mail on Sunday ****
‘Deeply considerate and thought-provoking … surely challenging to place down.’ BBC historical past Magazine
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A Fiery & Furious People: A History of Violence in England by James Sharpe