The Conquest of Death

The Conquest of Death

Violence and the Birth of the Modern English State

Hardback416pp232x155mm

9780300217063     Product Code: 510304

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‘By the seventeenth century the detection, conviction, and punishment of illegitimate lethal violence were firmly and irrevocably tied to the central government.’ Matthew Lockwood’s study shows how definitions of legitimate and illegitimate violence were negotiated in coroners’ courts from the late 15th century and gradually gave government the power to enforce a monopoly of violence – a basic prerequisite of a modern state.

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