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Binding Men tells stories about men, 2 violence and law in late nineteenthcentury England. It does so by focusing upon fi ve important legal cases all of which were binding not only upon the males involved but also upon future courts and the men who would appear before them. 3 The overarching tale told is that in this period anxieties about the behaviour of the male of the species were refl ected in judicial efforts (not all of which were successful) to rein men (and, in particular, English men 4 ) in by creating precedents as to the parameters of unlawful violence. 5 Each of the fi ve chapters below recounts a different version of this ‘binding men’ narrative by describing how a particular case can be seen as being a part of these attempts to legally limit male behaviour.