Last Duel: A True Story of Death and Honour

Overview

In 1826 a merchant called David Landale shot dead his bank manager in what was one of Britain's last recorded fatal duels. Two centuries later, newly discovered legal archives have made it possible for one of his descendents, James Landale, to reconstruct this duel and the circumstances surrounding it.

With painstaking detail, The Last Duel gives fresh insight into why two rational, educated human beings in the 1820s might choose to resolve a ...

See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (45) from $1.99   
  • New (4) from $2.95   
  • Used (41) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$2.95
Seller since 2005

Feedback rating:

(443)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
2006-09-19 Hardcover First Edition New Brand New with Dustjacket-No Remainder Mark-Ships Same or Next Day.

Ships from: Saint Paul, MN

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$6.99
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:

(11)

Condition: New
BN/BN @philabooks|booksellers

Ships from: Philadelphia, PA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
$8.33
Seller since 2005

Feedback rating:

(97)

Condition: New
Edinburgh, New York, Melbourne [2006] Hardcover First US Edition; First Printing New in New dust jacket 1841958255. New book in as new condition.; 1.2 x 8.3 x 5.8 Inches; 328 ... pages. Read more Show Less

Ships from: Williamsburg, VA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$45.00
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(178)

Condition: New
Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
Sending request ...

Overview

In 1826 a merchant called David Landale shot dead his bank manager in what was one of Britain's last recorded fatal duels. Two centuries later, newly discovered legal archives have made it possible for one of his descendents, James Landale, to reconstruct this duel and the circumstances surrounding it.

With painstaking detail, The Last Duel gives fresh insight into why two rational, educated human beings in the 1820s might choose to resolve a dispute by shooting at one another.

Landale also tells the story of duelling itself, explaining where it came from, and why it suddenly lost its social legitimacy in the middle of the 19th century. Above all, Duel grippingly explains why this curious thing called honour drove so many young men to death

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Armed with a wealth of primary sources, BBC correspondent Landale serves up an interesting history of the last recorded fatal duel in Scotland between his ancestor David Landale, a prosperous linen merchant, and Landale's one-time banker, George Morgan, on August 23, 1826. In a small town on Scotland's southeastern coast suffering an economic crisis following the Napoleonic wars, Morgan was a social-climbing, violent ex-soldier who refused Landale credit, and when his client took his business elsewhere, Morgan spread devastating rumors about him. Landale complained to Morgan's bosses at the Bank of Scotland, which led to the measured businessman challenging Morgan to a duel after being struck by the bullying banker with an umbrella on the street. Morgan was killed, and Landale was eventually acquitted at trial. His reputation and business were duly restored, and his daughter married Morgan's nephew. As the author perceptively traces the history of dueling from its origins in the Middle Ages, he entertains with a host of anecdotes and colorful characters, from a couple of eccentrics who dueled over a dancer while floating over Paris in separate balloons, to a pair of ladies in a "petticoat duel" fighting over the rights to a duke's bed. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Given the subject matter, Landale (correspondent, BBC) has written a surprisingly amusing and comprehensive history of an ancestor who participated in one of the last duels in Great Britain. The duel occurred in 1826 between respectable Scottish merchant David Landale and bullying ex-military man George Morgan. The major part of the tale concerns these two men and Morgan's aggressive actions, which led to the inevitable duel. In addition, the methods of dueling throughout history often quite gruesome yet occasionally humorous are covered in detail. This well-researched book, for which Landale relied in part on newly discovered archives, also delves into the sometimes inexplicable codes of honor upheld by the aristocracy in Europe and the United States. David Landale ended up being tried for murder but was acquitted as seems rightful. Comprehensive descriptions of primary and secondary sources and an excellent index support the authenticity of the research. Recommended for history collections. B. Allison Gray, John Jermain Memorial Lib., Sag Harbor, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
An affronted merchant and his pugnacious banker meet on the field of honor with fatal results. In 1826, one of the last recorded duels in Europe took place when reputable Scottish businessman David Landale challenged decommissioned officer and all-around rapscallion George Morgan, an agent for the Bank of Scotland. Their dispute stemmed from Morgan's indiscreet sharing with various creditors of information pertaining to Landale's financial problems after Landale, offended by the bank's refusal to assist him during an economic depression, moved his account to a competing institution. At a time when a man's reputation was as important as his wealth, if not more so, Landale soon faced a steady stream of creditors demanding repayment of loans as a result of Morgan's imprudent and somewhat inaccurate revelations. Upon learning that Landale had written to Morgan's superiors to complain of his ill usage, the agent accosted him in the street, whacking him across the back with an umbrella. Though less frequent than in times past, the duel was still a viable means for a gentleman to restore his honor in such circumstances, so Landale issued a challenge. When the two fought the next morning, the inexperienced Landale shot and killed Morgan. The author, a BBC correspondent and a descendant of Landale, interweaves into this personal narrative a riveting history of dueling, exploring its origins in the days when knights fought trials by combat and examining dueling customs throughout Europe and the United States. By turns fascinating and perplexing, the story serves as the perfect microcosm of what the "noble" art of dueling had become by the mid-19th century: an outdated custom more likely to be aresponse to a petty slights than a redress for grievous wrongs.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841958255
  • Publisher: Canongate Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Pages: 604
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)