By James Sharpe
‘Wonderfully exciting, accomplished and astute.’ The Times
‘Sweeping and bold … Sharpe is a humane and clear-eyed advisor to a chain of intractable and well timed questions.’ Observer
‘A magisterial publication … The outlaw's tune has absolutely by no means been higher rendered.’ Times Literary Supplement
From the tragic story of Mary Clifford, whose loss of life by the hands of her supplier 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 type. And because it considers the litany of attacks, murders and riots that pepper our heritage, it additionally lines 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 might right away be at the same time criminal and so frowned upon that power offenders may possibly good prove being ducked within the village pond? while did the serial killer first make an visual appeal within the annals of English crime? How may soccer be looked at one second as a raucous hobby that are supposed to be banned, and the subsequent as a decent game that are meant to be inspired? What gave upward thrust 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, well known ballads and novels, sermons and movies – to color shiny photos of the nation's criminals and felony approach from medieval occasions to the current day. He provides a powerful feel of what it used to be wish to be stuck up in, say, a road brawl in medieval Oxford or a conflict through the English Civil conflict. And he additionally seeks to reply to probably the main attention-grabbing and basic query of all: is a rustic that has skilled not just consistent aggression on someone scale but additionally the Peasants' insurrection, the Gordon Riots, the ballot Tax protests and the city unrest of summer time 2011 clearly at risk of 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 aspect guarantees that the surprise worth by no means dwindles.’ Mail on Sunday ****
‘Deeply considerate and thought-provoking … surely demanding to place down.’ BBC background Magazine
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