Pistols At Dawn: A history of duelling (Paperback)Richard Hopton (author)
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After the gross and unjustifiable insults you have offered me both as a soldier and a gentleman, I conclude you must be prepared to give me that satisfaction I am entitled to. I am therefore to request that you will name a place and hour of meeting.'
So runs a typical challenge to a duel from the early 19th century; formal, polite - and potentially fatal. Duelling is deeply imbedded in our collective consciousness, through numerous films and novels; it evokes a golden past, of gentlemen defending their honour (or that of their wives) in the early morning light of a wooded glade; of frockcoats, rapiers and pistols.
From the duel's roots in medieval chivalric tournaments, to the unforgiving code of honour in which death was preferable to shame, this fascinating history recounts - with the aid of numerous vivid eye-witness accounts - all the drama and sheer terror of the duel.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 378 g
Dimensions: 198 x 159 x 31 mm
A learned, absorbing account of duelling * LITERARY REVIEW *
A compelling account of this bizarre tradition * GOOD BOOK GUIDE *
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