Pistols at Dawn
A History of Duelling
By (author) Richard Hopton
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Pistols at Dawn by Richard Hopton
Book DescriptionA fascinating history, packed with eye-witness accounts, of the duel. Duelling is deeply embedded in our collective consciousness, through numerous films and books: it evokes a golden past, of gentlemen defending their honour in the early morning light of a wooded glade, of frockcoats, rapiers and pistols. Richard Hopton traces the history of the duel from its medieval antecedents in trial by combat and chivalric tournaments. Using numerous vivid accounts of actual duels, he shows how the arcane rules of the duel evolved - and why so many felt compelled to fight them, often with fatal results.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780749929077
(231mm x 151mm x 36mm)
Imprint: Piatkus Books
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 3-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Richard Hopton
Battle of Maida 1806, Paperback (August 2012)
The Author brilliantly describes the cast of colorful yet highly improbably characters who fate and circumstances brought together. Arguably pride of place must go to Ferdinand II, Ruler of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, whose eccentricity was only exceeded by his abject incompetence.
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Author Biography - Richard Hopton
Richard Hopton was a barrister before becoming a full-time writer; he is the author of The Battle of Maida 1806 (Leo Cooper). He lives in Fulham.
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