The Duel in European History: Honour and the Reign of Aristocracy

The Duel in European History Honour and the Reign of Aristocracy The romance and drama of the duel has made it an enduring attraction in novels plays and operas but it takes on a deeper significance when considered in its social evolutionary setting From medieva

The romance and drama of the duel has made it an enduring attraction in novels, plays, and operas but it takes on a deeper significance when considered in its social, evolutionary setting From medieval times, the privilege of duelling was regarded as a badge of rank, an assertion of preeminence by Europe s dominant classes This book describes the evolution of the duel fThe romance and drama of the duel has made it an enduring attraction in novels, plays, and operas but it takes on a deeper significance when considered in its social, evolutionary setting From medieval times, the privilege of duelling was regarded as a badge of rank, an assertion of preeminence by Europe s dominant classes This book describes the evolution of the duel from its medieval origins to the early 20th century It also looks at the opinions about duelling in different areas and historical eras, as reflected in legislation, church pronouncements, and the works of philosophers such as Montesquieu, and writers like Walter Scott Kiernan discusses the duel as something unique to Europe and its colonies, its practice in Ireland and Scotland compared with English practice, what women thought of it, and how it contributed to the development of an officer corps, throwing new light on the long ascendancy of aristocratic classes and their values in European history.

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  1. Professor Victor Gordon Kiernan was a British Marxist historian and a former member of the Communist Party Historians Group with a particular focus on the history of imperialism.

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  1. Moore found in dueling annals astonishing proofs of the force and prevalence of wayward fashion over sound judgment and reason of the despotic tyranny and usurpation of the flitting phantom honour Throughout history societies have lived within the walls and under the roof of ideas and conventions slowly drying up into things they could only half or fitfully believe in, but could not break away from, for fear of a disruption of the social fabric Men are always dying, a Great War essayist wrote, f [...]


  2. The book is informative but deceptively old fashioned Kiernan s remarks on Eastern despotism contrasted to freewheeling Western aristos calls back to De Quincey s writings on the Caesars I was very surprised to find the book was published in 1988, because I would have placed it before WW2 at the very latest.


  3. This book is packed with anecdotes and references that only someone with both an extensive education in the arts and history, AND with a good memory for trivia will be able to understand Heck, I ve been a Jeopardy contestant and many of these references go over my head.When you combine that with some vaguely racist and sexist comments you end up with a book that reads like it was written in 1887 instead of 1987 The author clearly knew his subject, but it s hard for me to easily recommend this to [...]


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