By James Sharpe
‘Wonderfully interesting, finished and astute.’ The Times
‘Sweeping and bold … Sharpe is a humane and clear-eyed consultant to a chain of intractable and well timed questions.’ Observer
‘A magisterial ebook … The outlaw's music has definitely by no means been higher rendered.’ Times Literary Supplement
From the tragic story of Mary Clifford, whose demise by the hands of her service provider 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 lifestyles in all its style. And because it considers the litany of attacks, murders and riots that pepper our background, it additionally strains the sophisticated shifts that experience taken position either within the nature of violence and in people's attitudes to it. Why was once it, for instance, that wife-beating may well without delay be concurrently criminal and so frowned upon that chronic offenders may well good turn out being ducked within the village pond? while did the serial killer first make an visual appeal within the annals of English crime? How may possibly soccer be appeared 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 variety of fabric – court docket files and homicide pamphlets, well known ballads and novels, sermons and movies – to color vibrant images of the nation's criminals and felony process from medieval instances to the current day. He offers a robust feel of what it used to be prefer to be stuck up in, say, a road brawl in medieval Oxford or a conflict in the course of the English Civil battle. And he additionally seeks to respond to probably the main interesting and primary query of all: is a rustic that has skilled not just consistent aggression on someone scale but in addition the Peasants' insurrection, the Gordon Riots, the ballot Tax protests and the city unrest of summer time 2011 evidently vulnerable to violence or are we, actually, 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 worth by no means dwindles.’ Mail on Sunday ****
‘Deeply considerate and thought-provoking … really challenging to place down.’ BBC heritage Magazine
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