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The duel in early modern England : civility, politeness, and honour

Author: Markku Peltonen
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003.
Series: Ideas in context.
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"Arguments about the place and practice of the duel in early modern England were widespread. The distinguished intellectual historian Markku Peltonen examines this debate, and shows how the moral and ideological status of duelling was discussed within a much larger cultural context of courtesy, civility and politeness. The advocates of the duel, following Italian and French examples, contended that it maintained and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Peltonen, Markku.
Duel in early modern England.
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003
(OCoLC)605984278
Named Person: Bernard Mandeville; Bernard Mandeville; Bernard Mandeville
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Markku Peltonen
ISBN: 0521820626 9780521820622
OCLC Number: 50002682
Description: x, 355 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. The rise of civil courtesy and the duelling theory in Elizabethan and early Stuart England; 2. The Jacobean anti-duelling campaign; 3. Duelling, civility and honour in Restoration and Augustan England; 4. Anti-duelling campaigns 1660-1720; 5. Politeness, duelling and honour in Bernard Mandeville; Epilogue; Bibliography; Index.
Series Title: Ideas in context.
Responsibility: Markku Peltonen.
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schema:reviewBody""Arguments about the place and practice of the duel in early modern England were widespread. The distinguished intellectual historian Markku Peltonen examines this debate, and shows how the moral and ideological status of duelling was discussed within a much larger cultural context of courtesy, civility and politeness. The advocates of the duel, following Italian and French examples, contended that it maintained and enhanced politeness: its critics by contrast increasingly severed duelling from civility, and this separation became part of a vigorous attempt in the late seventeenth century and beyond to redefine civility, politeness and, indeed, the nature and evolution of Englishness. The book ends with a detailed and original analysis of Bernard Mandeville's influential theory of politeness, to which duelling was central. To understand the duel is to understand much more fully some crucial issues in the cultural and ideological history of Stuart England, and Markku Peltonen's study will thus engage the attention of a very wide audience of historians, cultural and literary scholars."--Jacket."
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