By Pieter Spierenburg

This ebook bargains a desirable and insightful assessment of 7 centuries of homicide in Europe. It tells the tale of the altering face of violence and files the long term decline within the prevalence of murder. From medieval vendettas to stylised duels, from the crime passionel of the fashionable interval correct as much as fresh public anxieties approximately serial killings and underworld assassinations, the ebook deals a richly illustrated account of murder’s metamorphoses.

In this unique and compelling contribution, Spierenburg sheds new mild on numerous vital issues. He seems, for instance, on the transformation of murder from a personal subject, by way of revenge or reconciliation, right into a public crime, consistently topic to country intervention. Combining statistical facts with a cultural strategy, he demonstrates the the most important function gender performed within the spiritualisation of male honour and the following aid of male-on-male aggression, in addition to providing a comparative view of ways diversified social sessions practised and reacted to violence.

This authoritative examine might be of significant price to scholars and students of the heritage of crime and violence, criminology and the sociology of violence. At a time whilst homicide premiums are emerging and public fears approximately violent crime are escalating, this booklet also will curiosity the final reader intrigued by way of how our courting with homicide reached this point.

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