The Duel in European History: Honour and the Reign of Aristocracy

The Duel in European History: Honour and the Reign of Aristocracy➳ [Read] ➮ The Duel in European History: Honour and the Reign of Aristocracy By Victor G. Kiernan ➾ – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk The romance and drama of the duel has made it an enduring attraction in novels plays and operas; but it takes on a deeper significance when considered in its social evolutionary setting From medieval in European MOBI í The romance and drama of the duel has made it an enduring attraction in novels plays and operas; but it takes on a deeper significance when considered in its social evolutionary setting From medieval times the privilege of Duel in European History: Honour Epub / duelling was regarded as a badge of rank an assertion of preeminence by Europe's dominant classes This book describes the evolution of the duel from its medieval origins to the early th century It also looks at the opinions about duelling in different areas and historical eras as reflected in The Duel Epub / legislation church pronouncements and the works of philosophers such as Montesuieu and writers like Walter Scott Kiernan discusses the duel as something uniue to Europe and its colonies its practice in Ireland and Scotland compared with English practice what women thought of it and how it contributed to the development of an officer corps throwing new light on the long ascendancy of aristocratic classes and their values in European history. “Moore found “in dueling annals ‘astonishing proofs of the force and prevalence of wayward fashion over sound judgment and reason; of the despotic tyranny and usurpation of the flitting phantom ‘honour’” Throughout history societies have lived within the walls and under the roof of ideas and conventions slowly drying up into things they could only half or fitfully believe in but could not break away from for fear of a disruption of the social fabric Men are always dying a Great War essayist wrote ‘for other people’s opinions prejudices they have inherited from someone else ideas they have borrow second hand Modern man than his ancestors has an overblown false consciousness a brain stuffed not mainly with lessons from life but with the thinking of whole generations and centuries heavy enough to weigh down the feeble carrier; and today ghostly voices find sponsors to supply them with megaphones For the same shabby reasons men have always been killing as well as being killed” Kiernan 328 329This book is extremely well written in a scholarly sense though perhaps too scholarly and demanding of a text for most laymen with only a passing interest in the subject to enjoy If you have a background in literature you will be delighted for the treasures found therein for in truth it has perhaps 20 times material on dueling gleaned from works of literature than it does from actual historical accounts though the level of familiarity that Kiernan shows from his selective and erudite use of literary sources is nothing less than completely masterful Not light reading but a very important source for study on this topic martial arts culture and the evolution of combat sports in the West in general—for bare knuckle boxing and gloved boxing arose out of dueling culture I still wish for a comprehensive study of dueling throughout European and world history—even though this study purports to be a study of dueling in Europe and it does cover much of European history the focus is largely on England and Scotland though France Germany Spain Russia and Italy are also given substantial coverage It would be a very important scholarly work indeed that covered dueling throughout the world throughout history One of the most interesting ualities of the text is its interrogation of the worth of dueling itself as it was represented and dealt with throughout the ages and the relationship of this uestioning to ideas and ideals of class nobility gentility and violence itself لطالما أحببت فكرة المبارزة كفكرةحيث يكون هناك نبل في المخاصمة و طريقة لاستعادة الشرف ممن قد يتجرأ على اهانتك بطريقة محترمة بينك و بينهلا يسلم الشرف الرفيع من الأذىحتى يراق على جوانبه الدممو متل عصرنا هلأأراذل خلق الله يهينون العباد عالطالعة و النازلة The book is informative but deceptively old fashioned Kiernan's remarks on Eastern despotism contrasted to freewheeling Western aristos calls back to De uincey's writings on the Caesars I was very surprised to find the book was published in 1988 because I would have placed it before WW2 at the very latest Dryer than I expected considering the subject matter but helpful consideration of how dueling tied to exclusive privileges in the face of the bourgeois expansion in wealth and power in EuropeI read this as part of my project to read one book from every aisle of Olin Library at Cornell; you can read my reactions to other books from the project here fuller reviewreaction will follow on my website An in depth sometimes a little too in depth history of the duel in Europe plus a chapter about the duel in European colonies The author ties the duel to the ascent and descent of aristocracy and in a very Marxist take talks about the way the duel filtered down to the lower classes and how it was used to maintain the ascendency of aristocrats He argues it's limited to European and European countries for that specific reason It's a fascinating book full of interesting anecdotes but it's also somewhat dry and can be off putting especially to the casual reader There's also a bunch of weirdly Freudian criticism and several unexpected racist bits like Eastern despotism and referring to black people as Negros which I would not excuse but just slap a warning on if the book hadn't been written in 1988 I was expecting 1950s at the earliest So if you're really interested in duels and duelling or in Marxist takes on the rise and fall of European aristocracy look this book up Otherwise probably not your thing This book is packed with anecdotes and references that only someone with both an extensive education in the arts and history AND with a good memory for trivia will be able to understand Heck I've been a Jeopardy contestant and many of these references go over my headWhen you combine that with some vaguely racist and sexist comments you end up with a book that reads like it was written in 1887 instead of 1987 The author clearly knew his subject but it's hard for me to easily recommend this to the lay reader

The Duel in European History: Honour and the Reign of
  • Hardcover
  • 360 pages
  • The Duel in European History: Honour and the Reign of Aristocracy
  • Victor G. Kiernan
  • English
  • 02 July 2016
  • 9780198225669