By James Sharpe
‘Wonderfully wonderful, complete and astute.’ The Times
‘Sweeping and bold … Sharpe is a humane and clear-eyed advisor to a sequence 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 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 sort. And because it considers the litany of attacks, murders and riots that pepper our heritage, it additionally lines 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 may well right away be concurrently criminal and so frowned upon that continual offenders may 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 might soccer be looked at one second as a raucous hobby that are supposed to be banned, and the subsequent as a good game that are supposed to be inspired? What gave upward push to specific sorts 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 selection of fabric – courtroom files and homicide pamphlets, renowned ballads and novels, sermons and movies – to color shiny images of the nation's criminals and felony approach from medieval instances to the current day. He supplies a robust feel of what it used to be wish to be stuck up in, say, a highway brawl in medieval Oxford or a conflict throughout the English Civil warfare. And he additionally seeks to respond to might be the main interesting and primary query of all: is a rustic that has skilled not just consistent aggression on a person scale but in addition the Peasants' rebel, the Gordon Riots, the ballot Tax protests and the city unrest of summer time 2011 obviously 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 element guarantees that the surprise worth by no means dwindles.’ Mail on Sunday ****
‘Deeply considerate and thought-provoking … really not easy to place down.’ BBC background Magazine
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A Fiery & Furious People: A History of Violence in England by James Sharpe