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Making Murder Public

Homicide in Early Modern England, 1480-1680

K. J. Kesselring

10 February 2022

ISBN: 9780192863744

208 pages
Paperback
234x156mm

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Price: £30.00

Making Murder Public explores the emergence, in the sixteenth century, of a formal distinction between murder and manslaughter and the significant reduction in the rates of homicides individuals perpetrated on each other.

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Making Murder Public explores the emergence, in the sixteenth century, of a formal distinction between murder and manslaughter and the significant reduction in the rates of homicides individuals perpetrated on each other.

  • Revises standard interpretations of the history of homicide and its criminalization
  • Explores the connections between interpersonal homicide and judicial violence
  • Examines, using a political lens, both legal and sociological approaches to the study of homocide
  • Uses a wealth of material drawn from a number of archives

About the Author(s)

K. J. Kesselring, Professor of History, Dalhousie University

K.J. Kesselring is Professor of History at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is the author of a series of articles and essays on homicide and criminal forfeiture, and books on Mercy and Authority in the Tudor State and The Northern Rebellion of 1569. She has also edited or co-edited collections on The Trial of Charles I, Married Women and the Law: Coverture in England and the Common Law World (with Tim Stretton), and Crossing Borders: Boundaries and Margins in Medieval and Early Modern Britain (with Sara M. Butler).

Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    Abbreviations and Conventions
    1:Introduction
    2:'In Corona Populi': Early Modern Coroners and their Inquests
    3:'An Image of Deadly Feud': Recompense, Revenge, and the Appeal of Homicide
    4:'That Saucy Paradox': The Politics of Duelling in Early Modern England
    5:'For Publick Satisfaction': Punishment, Print, Plays, and Public Vengenance
    Conclusion
    Appendix I: The Records and the Database
    Bibliography

Reviews

"Making Murder Public significantly advances our understanding of the making of a larger collective in England during the Early Modern period. It is far more than just a book about crime and should be read widely. It is also well written and richly documented." - Samuel Clark, University of Western Ontario, Canadian Journal of History

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