Gentlemen's Blood: A History of Dueling from Swords at Dawn to Pistols at Dusk

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Gentlemen's Blood: A History of Dueling from Swords at Dawn to Pistols at Dusk - Holland, Barbara

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. The duel was essential to private, public, and political life, and those who followed the elaborate codes of procedure were seldom ...