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A Fiery & Furious People: A History of Violence in England Hardcover – 8 Sep 2016

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  • Hardcover: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books; UK ed. edition (8 Sept. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847945139
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847945136
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 6.3 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"[A] compendious, fine-grained … magisterial book … The outlaw's song has surely never been better rendered." (Times Literary Supplement)

"A deeply thoughtful and thought-provoking examination of violence in England from the Middle Ages through to the present day … genuinely hard to put down." (BBC History Magazine)

"The richness of this wonderful book is testament to nearly 50 years spent working on the history of violence … a fascinating and rare example of a beautifully crafted scholarly work." (Times Higher Education)

"Entertaining and instructive." (Books of the Year The Times)

"Deeply researched, thoughtfully considered and vividly written … Read it." (History Today)

"A Fiery & Furious People is often a sobering read … Sharpe’s empirically grounded argument is a powerful and persuasive one." (Literary Review)

"Fascinating . . . James Sharpe draws on court records, verbatim accounts and bloodcurdling contemporary records to chronicle the changing aspects of brutality through the ages." (Daily Mail)

"A history of violence in England, from the Middle Ages onwards, this looks back to a time when violence was part of everyday life and asks what’s changed and why." (Books of the Year Sunday Telegraph)

"Brings the subject memorably to life" (Book of the Week The Week)

"A vivid survey of our enthusiasm for violence … For a survey of violence, its pages overflowing with duelling, hooliganism, domestic abuse and even serial killing, Sharpe’s book is actually quite a cheering read. … The strength of Sharpe’s book lies in its anecdotes, with almost every page containing an arresting or colourful detail." (Dominic Sandbrook Sunday Times)

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From murder to duelling, highway robbery to mugging, a compelling exploration of seven centuries of violence in England.

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