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

Author: Stephen Banks
Publisher: Woodbridge : Boydell & Brewer, 2010.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An overview of the phenomenon of duelling in England and the English colonies, including North America, showing how duelling developed, how duels were conducted, how duelling was related to notions of "honour", and how duelling declined. Includes as an appendix details of over 120 English duels.
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Banks, Stephen.
A Polite Exchange of Bullets : The Duel and the English Gentleman, 1750-1850.
Woodbridge : Boydell & Brewer, ©2010
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Banks
ISBN: 9781846158810 1846158818
OCLC Number: 768082954
Description: 1 online resource (317 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Frontcover; CONTENTS; LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; INTRODUCTION; 1 Setting the Scene: The Arrival of the Duel and a Brief History to 1750; 2 Fashion and Physicality; 3 Politeness, Interest and Transgression: Social Interaction and the Causes of Duelling; 4 Controversies and Calculations: Th e Incidence and Distribution of Duelling; 5 Guts and Governance: Honour Culture and Colonial Administration; 6 Dangerous Friends: Conciliation, Counsel and the Conduct of English Duelling; 7 The Contest in the Courtroom: Duelling and the Criminal Justice System. 8 The Years of Decline, the European Middle and the Domestic Duellist9 The Reformation of Space, Place and Mind; 10 Dishonourable Duellists and the Rationalisation of Punishment and Warfare; CONCLUSION; APPENDIX; BIBLIOGRAPHY; INDEX; Backcover.
Responsibility: Stephen Banks.

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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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