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Gentlemen’s Blood: A History of Dueling from Swords at Dawn to Pistols at Desk
Barbara Holland (au)
A lighthearted guide through the touchy subject of honor -- & how to defend it -- in this history of dueling’s first thousand years. The medieval justice of trial by combat evolved into the private duel by sword & pistol, with many thousands of honorable gentlemen facing each other to wipe out an insult or prove a point. Here are their stories, from Dumas’s Three Musketeers to Germany’s famed university dueling clubs, & from Washington’s political dueling grounds at Bladensburg to Alexander Hamilton’s death in a duel with Aaron Burr. The duel, while technically illegal, was essential to private, public, & political life. Dueling spread over the Western world & persisted into the 20th cent. & beyond. “The definitive guide to this courtly violence.” Illustrations.
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