Pistols At Dawn: A history of duelling (Paperback)
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Pistols At Dawn: A history of duelling (Paperback)

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Paperback 448 Pages / Published: 20/01/2011
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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
ISBN: 9780749929961
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 378 g
Dimensions: 198 x 159 x 31 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A fluent and entertaining history of the practice of duelling * THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT *
A learned, absorbing account of duelling * LITERARY REVIEW *
A compelling account of this bizarre tradition * GOOD BOOK GUIDE *

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