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BOOK OF THE MONTH

A Fiery & Furious People: A History of Violence in England

By James Sharpe

Random House Books, £30, 768 pages, hardback

BRITISH MUSEUEUM X1, KEYSTONE X1

Brutality and bloodshed may always have been with us, but has the nature of violent acts remained the same across the centuries? And are we now witnessing a period of unprecedented calm, or are things as turbulent as they have always been? These are some of the key questions behind this engrossing history of violence in England’s villages and on the streets. If that all sounds a bit high-concept, don’t worry – James Sharpe also includes plenty of visceral real-life examples to keep things grounded. You’ll leave battered and bruised, but with a better understanding of the darker side of our nation’s history.

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