By Pieter Spierenburg

This ebook deals a desirable and insightful evaluation of 7 centuries of homicide in Europe. It tells the tale of the altering face of violence and records 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 contemporary public anxieties approximately serial killings and underworld assassinations, the e-book bargains a richly illustrated account of murder’s metamorphoses.

In this unique and compelling contribution, Spierenburg sheds new mild on a number of vital topics. He appears to be like, for instance, on the transformation of murder from a personal topic, by way of revenge or reconciliation, right into a public crime, constantly topic to country intervention. Combining statistical info with a cultural technique, he demonstrates the an important function gender performed within the spiritualisation of male honour and the next relief of male-on-male aggression, in addition to supplying a comparative view of the way diversified social sessions practised and reacted to violence.

This authoritative examine may be of serious price to scholars and students of the heritage of crime and violence, criminology and the sociology of violence. At a time while homicide charges are emerging and public fears approximately violent crime are escalating, this booklet also will curiosity the overall reader intrigued through how our dating with homicide reached this point.

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