The Last Duel: A True Story of Death and Honour
"In 1826 a merchant named David Landale shot his banker dead in a duel. It was one of the final fatal duels recorded in Europe." "Two centuries later, one of his descendants, James Landale, a BBC correspondent, explains why two rational, educated men chose to resolve a business dispute by shooting at each other. Using newly discovered archives and personal family history, The Last Duel reconstructs the escalating words and deeds that led to the fatal encounter as well as the cultural, social, and economic circumstances surrounding it. In a personal, and involving narrative, Landale paints a complete picture of life as a businessman, educated citizen, and man of honour at a time when civil courts all but did not exist and commerce was exploding. Landale interweaves the bloody history of dueling itself, from its barbaric beginnings to its acceptance by the nobility, and goes on to explain why, in the middle of the nineteenth century, it suddenly lost its social legitimacy."--BOOK JACKET.
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Review: The Last Duel: A True Story of Death and HonourUser Review - Sinistmer - Goodreads
Well-written and addresses the history of dueling as a custom quite well. I also liked the description of the story of this individual duel. Great mix of personal family history and historical analysis. Read full review
Review: The Last Duel: A True Story of Death and HonourUser Review - Goodreads
Interesting topic - a little too cut and dry .