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A polite exchange of bullets : the duel and the English gentleman, 1750-1850

Author: Stephen Banks
Publisher: Woodbridge, Suffolk ; Rochester, NY : Boydell Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From the publisher. This book, the most comprehensive study of the English pistol duel yet undertaken, examines what it meant to be a man of honor in eighteenth and nineteenth century England. A thorough survey of the incidence and distribution of duelling, both socially and geographically, identifies those sub-groups of gentlemen most likely to duel. The author considers the mores and manners of such groups and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Banks
ISBN: 9781843835714 1843835711
OCLC Number: 515480633
Description: 317 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Setting the scene : the arrival of the duel and a brief history to 1750 --
Fashion and physicality --
Politeness, interest and transgression : social interaction and the causes of duelling --
Controversies and calculations : the incidence and distribution of duelling --
Guts and governance : honour culture and colonial administration --
Dangerous friends : conciliation, counsel and the conduct of English duelling --
The contest in the courtroom : duelling and the criminal justice system --
The years of decline, the European middle and the domestic duellist --
The reformation of space, place and mind --
Dishonourable duellists and the rationalisation of punishment and warfare.
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Explores why minor slights to certain kinds of gentlemen led to duels in order for honour to be satisfied, and how such ideas about honour changed over time.  Read more...

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The author is to be commended for having written such a comprehensive, persuasive and engaging account. AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW Brings to light many aspects of the duel that have been left Read more...

 
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