1 September 1988
Show More The Duel in European History: Honour and the Reign of Aristocracy by V.G. Kiernan.
Oxford, 360 pp., £25, March 1988, 0 19 822566 0Show More
History, Classes and Nation-States: Selected Writings of Victor Kiernan edited by Harvey Kaye.
Blackwell, 284 pp., £27.50, June 1988, 0 7456 0424 2Show More
“... by combat and the chivalric joust. But the duel proper, a private combat between two men, only emerged in the 16th century. There were two reasons for this. First, newly-powerful princes in Italy, France, Spain and England wanted to reduce large-scale aristocratic violence to more manageable proportions, and promoting a cult of single combat achieved exactly that. Secondly, only then did technology ...”