The rates of lethal violence in English society have changed significantly since the Middle Ages. Viewed historically, fatal violence is best interpreted as an aspect of social interaction. Despite major changes in historical context and in the recorded incidence of homicide, patterns or ‘scenarios’ of killing seem far more durable over time. Therefore, we should ask whether the development of modernity meant alterations in behaviour so that people have less often resorted to extreme violence. Similarly, to what extent have historical changes in criminal justice and social regulation more widely served to inhibit extreme violence?
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