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

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  • Posted July 31, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    If you are looking for a good history of the duel in Western soc

    If you are looking for a good history of the duel in Western society, look no further.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2004

    No Relationship To Reality

    I read Barbara Holland¿s description of dueling in Germany with dismay. Not one wit of the practices, purposes, procedures, social functions, legal sanctions, political position or technical aspects of German dueling she describes bear any resemblance to the facts of twentieth century German experience. As the first American after the Second World War to be admitted into a German student dueling fraternity and having fought duels myself, I can say authoritatively that the barbaric, illegal, pointless and grotesque activities described in her chapter ¿The German Version¿ bear no relationship to reality of German dueling over the last century. I¿m not talking about missing the mark on a couple of points. I¿m talking wholesale wrong, too wild to even try to summarize. If the German material is in anyway representative of the level of research in the remainder of the book, it is not worth the paper it is printed on. Titillating though they might be, the book¿s subjects of which I have first-hand knowledge are no more than inexplicable fantasy.

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