The Last Duel
A True Story of Trial by Combat in Medieval France
By (author) Eric Jager
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Last Duel by Eric Jager
Book DescriptionThis work talks about the gripping, atmospheric true story of the "duel to end all duels" in medieval France: a trial by combat pitting a knight against a squire accused of violating the knight's beautiful young wife. In 1386, a few days after Christmas, a massive crowd gathered at a Paris monastery to watch the two men fight a duel to the death - a trial by combat meant to 'prove' which man's cause was right in God's sight. The dramatic true story of the knight, the squire, and the lady unfolds during the tumultuous fourteenth century, a time of war, plague, and anarchy, as well as of honour, chivalry, and courtly love. The notorious quarrel appears in many histories of France, but no writer has recounted it in full, until now.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099457237
(197mm x 129mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Arrow Books Ltd
Publish Date: 2-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Eric Jager
An award-winning professor of English at UCLA, Eric Jager holds a Ph. D. from the University of Michigan and has also taught at Columbia University. He is the author of two previous books, including The Book of the Heart (a study of heart imagery in medieval literature).
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