Martin J. Wiener, "Men of Blood: Violence, Manliness, and Criminal Justice in Victorian England"
Publisher: CUP | 2004 | ISBN: 0521831989 | English | PDF | 312 pages | 2.9 Mb
This book examines the treatment of violence by men against women in nineteenth-century England. Criminal law came to punish violence more systematically and severely during Victoria's reign because it was promoting a new, more pacific ideal of manliness. Yet, this apparently progressive legal development triggered strong resistance, not only from violent men but others who engaged in arguments about democracy, humanitarianism and patriarchy to establish sympathy with "men of blood."