Cournet was a very skilled swordsman, but not the best shot and, under the 1777 "Code Duello", the duelling
guidebook, he, as challenger, didn't get to choose weapons.
The age of duelling
, like that of chivalry, may be said to be past for ever [sic] in England; but there is a lingering romance [...] of a time when notions of honour may, indeed have been false; but they served a purpose in the absence of better laws, better police, better taste, and better manners (1:1).
By the time Brooks and Bolton faced off, duelling
was on its way out.
The guns were then placed in his shop window with the label: "Birmingham duelling
I'd always imagined duelling
was done by mad Byronic types in frilly shirts, drinking lots of absinthe.
pistols illustrated are fine examples by the gunsmiths Wogdon and Barton and date from 1795-1803.
The cult of the duel was enshrined in the Prussian military and universities, where the display of a duelling
scar was the mark of a gentlemen, and not that of a poor swordsman.
Some years ago, Francois Billacois argued that Renaissance duelling
was highly place specific, epidemic in France but fairly infrequent in other countries.
Only then could duelling
be accepted as a symbol of noble emancipation; participation in duels was an opportunity for noblemen to demonstrate their right to decide individual matters of honour without reference to an autocratic hierarchy.
(7) In Conrad's story, the duelists engage in a combat that reflects Napoleon's career, which "had the quality of a duel against the whole of Europe," even though Napoleon "was not a swashbuckler, and had little respect for tradition," and consequently "disliked duelling
between the officers of his army" (165).
Parker, "Law, Honor, and Impunity in Spanish America: The Debate over Duelling
, 1870-1920," ins.
Explaining that he was opposed to duelling
, Hitler asked instead for reference to be made to some `vague and outmoded tradition' which had forced Strunk into an unfortunate situation.