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by Barbara Holland

  • ISBN: 158234440X
  • Category: Politics
  • Author: Barbara Holland
  • Subcategory: Social Sciences
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; Reprint edition (September 13, 2004)
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • FB2 size: 1169 kb
  • EPUB size: 1187 kb
  • Rating: 4.1
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Barbara Holland's Gentleman's Blood is a scintillating read that takes a peek into a culture of respect, manliness and honor. Each of these countries had their own idiosyncrasies to the art of dueling which Holland explores.

Barbara Holland's Gentleman's Blood is a scintillating read that takes a peek into a culture of respect, manliness and honor. One based on the Code Duello that gentleman must abide by or risk disgrace. A culture in which it was better to be shot at, stabbed, or gutted by a bowie knife than to decline an interview with an opposing principal and risk humiliation. The book is full of dueling tales such as the Burr/Hamilton duel, Clay/Randolph, Hatfields/McCoys and many lesser known but equally compelling ones. The absurdity of some of them had me laughing out loud several times.

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Gentlemen's Blood: A History of Dueling From Swords at Dawn to Pistols at Dusk. Based on her fascinating 1997 Smithsonian article, Barbara Holland's Gentlemen's Blood is the first trade book to trace the remarkable, often gruesome, sometimes comical history of the Western tradition of defending one's honor. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere.

Gentlemen's Blood" is undoubtedly the most entertaining and informative book about dueling that I have yet read. The topic of this book seems off-putting, for some reason. It seems that we all assume that the history of dueling would be grim, dull and depressing

Gentlemen's Blood" is undoubtedly the most entertaining and informative book about dueling that I have yet read. Baldick's "The Duel" is a close runner-up, but that author doesn't match Barabara Holland's wry writing style. She is well-versed on her facts and her dueling lore, and displays an amazing breadth of knowlege of the subject. It seems that we all assume that the history of dueling would be grim, dull and depressing. But on a whim, I checked this book out from the library.

Barbara Holland’s Gentlemen’s Blood is a series of jaunty anecdotes about dueling through time and around the world

Barbara Holland’s Gentlemen’s Blood is a series of jaunty anecdotes about dueling through time and around the world. Most of it focuses on America and Britain, with side tours into Germany, France and Russia, touching on famous duelists like Pushkin (who ended up the worse for wear as a result). The book is interesting for those anecdotes, and reading it is a reasonable way to kill some time and get a glimpse, if a circumscribed and brief one, into the ways of the past. But it is most interesting as an exploration of honor, a concept today generally viewed far too simplistically.

Gentlemen's Blood - A History of Dueling from Swords at Dawn to Pistols at Dusk.

In 1988 she published The Name of the Cat, a popular book that she updated and reissued as Secrets of the Cat: Its Lore, Legend and Lives in 1994, 2002 and 2010. Gentlemen's Blood - A History of Dueling from Swords at Dawn to Pistols at Dusk.

Based on her fascinating 1997 Smithsonian article, Barbara Holland's Gentlemen's Blood is the first trade book to trace the remarkable, often gruesome, sometimes comical history of the Western tradition of defending one's honor. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

Never, never, did I imagine that dueling could be so enthralling, outrageous, gruesome, tragic, and, yes, ridic. What is Kobo Super Points? A loyalty program that rewards you for your love of reading. Explore rewards Explore Kobo VIP Membership.

Gentlemen's Blood : A History of Dueling from Swords at Dawn to Pistols at Dusk. By (author) Barbara Holland. She'll Drink to That: In Her Books, Barbara Holland Praises Old-Time Social Pleasures", The Washington Post, May 29, 2007. When All the World Was Young. WorldHeritage articles with VIAF identifiers.

The medieval justice of trial by combat evolved into the private duel by sword and pistol, with thousands of honorable men-and not-so-honorable women-giving lives and limbs to wipe out an insult or prove a point. The duel was essential to private, public, and political life, and those who followed the elaborate codes of procedure were seldom prosecuted and rarely convicted-for, in fact, they were obeying a grand old tradition.

Based on her fascinating 1997 Smithsonian article, Barbara Holland's Gentlemen's Blood is the first trade book to trace the remarkable, often gruesome, sometimes comical history of the Western tradition of defending one's honor.


Reviews about Gentlemen's Blood: A History of Dueling (7):
Xurad
I have had this for five years, and after reading about the duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton, I thought it would be a good time to read this. It is a joy to read. It is informative, funny, sad, and very entertaining. I can highly recommend it. The formatting could be better, but I have seen much, much worse.
Kezan
From Achilles versus Hector to Tiger versus Phil, the mano a mano duel has at some level always played a role in the world we live in. Barbara Holland's Gentleman's Blood is a scintillating read that takes a peek into a culture of respect, manliness and honor. One based on the Code Duello that gentleman must abide by or risk disgrace. A culture in which it was better to be shot at, stabbed, or gutted by a bowie knife than to decline an interview with an opposing principal and risk humiliation.

It was very interesting to read how dueling was a global phenomena and not just limited to certain regions. Great Britain, France, Italy, Russia, Germany, and the United States all had dueling stamped as a part of their life. Each of these countries had their own idiosyncrasies to the art of dueling which Holland explores. The book is full of dueling tales such as the Burr/Hamilton duel , Clay/Randolph, Hatfields/McCoys and many lesser known but equally compelling ones. The absurdity of some of them had me laughing out loud several times. It's a light read that is well written and flows nicely. This is the first Barbara Holland book I have read and I intend to read a couple more as she has an amusing charm in the way she writes. Enjoy.
Stylish Monkey
What an interesting and fun read. Very informative with a bit of humor. I saw a lecture on the Hamilton, Burr duel which made me want to know more about dueling in general. This book did not disappoint.
cyrexoff
The book itself was pretty interesting. However, it was littered with typos and formatting issues. Not what I expected for the price.
Kashicage
This is a well written, extensively well researched, accurate, accounting of hand to hand combat through the ages. Great detail as to the various weapons is given, a generous amount of World history is detailed, a good deal of information being United States history. An extremely interesting read for those interested in knives, swords, ancient and recent firearms and the details of their use in combat through the years.
Corgustari
of settling feuds was to call out the one who accused you and try to settle it on a Field of Honor. This book give some of the rules and much of the history of this long gone code of honor.
Whitebinder
I found this a good read overall but it's about as deep as a puddle. My main problem is the author's tone- most reviewers call it light and satirical, but to me it's often flippant and forced. Maybe a little too much straining to be clever. Still, I only paid $2.99 so I;m not complaining much- I've certainly gotten my money's worth in entertainment and a little education.

The Kindle formatting is terrible. Words are frequently run together or split and at one point the font jumps to a very large size for several pages. Chapter XV is titled WIND IN GDOWN - it took me a minute to realize it was WINDING DOWN.
"Gentlemen's Blood" is undoubtedly the most entertaining and informative book about dueling that I have yet read. Baldick's "The Duel" is a close runner-up, but that author doesn't match Barabara Holland's wry writing style. She is well-versed on her facts and her dueling lore, and displays an amazing breadth of knowlege of the subject. Her exposition of the whole concept of "honor", and the associated concept of "gentleman", are as lucid and thoughtful as any reader could hope for, but never tedious. Once begun, this is a hard book to put down.

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