Gentlemen's Blood

Gentlemen's Blood

A History of Dueling From Swords at Dawn to Pistols at Dusk

Book - 2003
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David Brown Book Co
Unashamedly popular, this is a rip-roaring tour through the defence of one's honour, from medieval trial by combat to the Gunfight at the OK Coral.

Baker & Taylor
A history of the art of dueling describes how the duel evolved from the medieval practice of determining justice through trial by combat into a practice that followed elaborate codes of procedure and tradition.

McMillan Palgrave
Barbara Holland guides us lightheartedly through the touchy subject of honor-and how to defend it-in this compulsively readable history of dueling's first thousand years.

The medieval justice of trial by combat evolved into the private duel by sword and pistol, with thousands of honorable men-and not-so-honorable women-giving lives and limbs to wipe out an insult or prove a point. Here are their stories, from Dumas's Three Musketeers to America's founding fathers, including the New Orleans doctors who settled their medical disagreements under The Oaks, the short-lived newspaper editors of America's South and West, and certain twenty-first-century Parisian politicians.

The duel was essential to private, public, and political life. Where it was technically illegal, those who followed the elaborate codes of procedure were seldom prosecuted and rarely convicted: they were obeying a grand old tradition. Gentlemen's Blood is the definitive guide to this courtly violence, from an author called "a witty curmudgeon" by George Will and "a national treasure" by the Philadelphia Inquirer, whose style, according to Kirkus Reviews, "fits somewhere between E.B. White and Andy Rooney."

A Smithsonian Magazine Selection.


Holtzbrinck
Unashamedly popular, this is a rip-roaring tour through the defence of one's honour, from medieval trial by combat to the Gunfight at the OK Coral.

Blackwell North Amer
Barbara Holland guides us lightheartedly through the touchy subject of honor - and how to defend it - in this compulsively readable history of dueling's first thousand years.
The medieval justice of trial by combat evolved into the private duel by sword and pistol, with many thousands of honorable gentlemen facing each other ready to die - or to kill - to wipe out an insult or prove a point. Here are their stories, from Duma's touchy 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, and from the New Orleans doctors who settled their medical disagreements under The Oaks to the short-lived newspaper editors of America's South and West.
The duel was essential to private, public, and political life. While it was technically illegal, those who followed the elaborate codes of procedure were seldom prosecuted and rarely convicted: they were obeying a grand old tradition. Dueling spread all over the Western world and persisted into the twentieth century and beyond. In the United States, the last fatal duel on public record was fought in 1959.

Baker
& Taylor

A compelling history of the art of dueling describes how the duel evolved from the medieval practice of determining justice through trial by combat into a practice that followed elaborate codes of procedure and tradition, offering a definitive guide to this courtly violence around the world. 10,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2003
ISBN: 9781582343662
1582343667
Branch Call Number: 394.809 HOL
Characteristics: 304 p

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