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."
Clive Nolan (Pendragon, Arena) returns with a DVD featuring a live version of his new ambitious solo project - the musical "Alchemy". Brought to life by a host of artists well known on the prog-rock scene, "Alchemy" is a Victorian adventure set in 1842, with a sense of the dark and mysterious.