By James Sharpe
‘Wonderfully exciting, finished and astute.’ The Times
‘Sweeping and impressive … 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 definitely by no means been higher rendered.’ Times Literary Supplement
From the tragic story of Mary Clifford, whose demise by the hands of her organisation 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 kind. And because it considers the litany of attacks, murders and riots that pepper our historical past, it additionally lines the sophisticated 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 may well right away be at the same time felony 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 might soccer be seemed at one second as a raucous hobby that are supposed to be banned, and the following as a decent activity that are supposed to be inspired? What gave upward thrust to certain types of violent legal – 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 – courtroom files and homicide pamphlets, well known ballads and novels, sermons and flicks – to color bright photographs of the nation's criminals and felony procedure from medieval occasions to the current day. He supplies a robust feel of what it was once wish to be stuck up in, say, a highway brawl in medieval Oxford or a conflict through the English Civil struggle. 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 somebody scale but additionally the Peasants' riot, the Gordon Riots, the ballot Tax protests and the city unrest of summer time 2011 clearly liable to violence or are we, in truth, steadily changing 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 price by no means dwindles.’ Mail on Sunday ****
‘Deeply considerate and thought-provoking … really tough to place down.’ BBC heritage Magazine
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A Fiery & Furious People: A History of Violence in England by James Sharpe