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

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

by Barbara Holland

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

"Never, never, did I imagine that dueling could be so enthralling, outrageous, gruesome, tragic, and, yes, ridiculous...Lively humor and sparkling prose." -Wall Street Journal
The medieval justice of trial by combat evolved into the private duel by sword and pistol, with thousands of honorable men-and not-so-honorable women-giving lives and limbs to wipe out an insult or prove a point. The duel was essential to private, public, and political life, and those who followed the elaborate codes of procedure were seldom prosecuted and rarely convicted-for, in fact, they were obeying a grand old tradition. Based on her fascinating 1997 Smithsonian article, Barbara Holland's Gentlemen's Blood is the first trade book to trace the remarkable, often gruesome, sometimes comical history of the Western tradition of defending one's honor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596918092
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 12/13/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,049,152
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Barbara Holland is the author of thirteen previous books and has written for Smithsonian, Glamour, Playboy, the Utne Reader, Redbook, Seventeen, and the Washington Post, among many others. She lives in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains.

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