The Duel in Early Modern England
Civility, Politeness and Honour
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Duel in Early Modern England by Markku Peltonen
Book DescriptionArguments about the place and practice of the duel in early modern England were widespread. The distinguished intellectual historian Markku Peltonen examines this debate, and show how the moral and ideological status of duelling was discussed within a much larger cultural context of courtesy, civility and politeness. The advocates of the duel, following Italian and French examples, contended that it maintained and enhanced politeness; its critics by contrast increasingly severed duelling from civility, and this separation became part of a vigorous attempt in the late seventeenth century and beyond to redefine civility, politeness and indeed the nature and evolution of Englishness. To understand the duel is to understand much more fully some crucial issues in the cultural and ideological history of Stuart England, and Markku Peltonen's study will thus engage the attention of a very wide audience of historians and cultural and literary scholars.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521025201
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 16-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Markku Peltonen
Rhetoric, Politics and Popularity in Pre-revolutionary England, Hardback (November 2012)
This book provides an account of early modern political culture by emphasizing the centrality of humanist rhetoric in it.
Classical Humanism and Republicanism in English Political Thought, 1570-1640, Paperback (December 2004)
A new perspective on two seminal themes in English political thought before the Civil War.
Duel in Early Modern England, Hardback (January 2003)
A pioneering analysis of duelling, politeness and civility in early modern England.
Cambridge Companion to Bacon, Paperback (April 1996)» View all books by Markku Peltonen
New readers and specialists alike will find this the most convenient and accessible guide to Bacon available.
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Author Biography - Markku Peltonen
Markku Peltonen is Senior Lecturer in General History, Department of History, University of Helsinki.
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