the art of the duel

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I've always thought duels were kind of cool, and I secretly wish we as a society would return to defending honor and such (is that so wrong). I read "by the sword", by Richard Cohen which goes into depth about sword and pistol duels.

for the record if anyone ever challenges you to a duel, chose old single pistols, like the above pic. they were inaccurate and once both shots have been fired the requirement for honor was met. however, with a sword, someone was going to get cut or hacked.


Dueling History: An Affair of Honor | The Art of Manliness

Despite our romanticized notion of duels as being fought only over the most grievous of disputes, duels could often arise from matters most trivial-telling another man he smelled like a goat or spilling ink on a chap’s new vest. But they were not spontaneous affairs in which an insult was given and the parties marched immediately outside to do battle (in fact, striking another gentleman made you a social pariah). A duel had to be conducted calmly and coolly to be dignified, and the preliminaries could take weeks or months; a letter requesting an apology would be sent, more letters would be exchanged, and if peaceful resolution could not be reached, plans for the duel would commence.
The first rule of dueling was that a challenge to duel between two gentleman could not generally be refused without the loss of face and honor. If a gentleman invited a man to duel and he refused, he might place a notice in the paper denouncing the man as a poltroon for refusing to give satisfaction in the dispute
just think of all the duels that could have been had HERE by insults to one another's honor.

polydectes vs aufgablassen
tecoyah vs protectionist
falcondule vs the whole forum
 
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I think I saw it a long time ago. big rig chases this dude, and you never find out why or what it was about. I give it a 4 out of 10.
 

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