By Stuart Carroll
French manners and codes of civility laid the rules of civilized Western values. yet as this unique paintings of archival study indicates we proceed to romanticize violence within the period of the swashbuckling swordsman. In France, hundreds of thousands of fellows died in duels during which the foundations of the sport were
regularly flouted. Many duels have been in truth mini-battles and needs to be obvious no longer as an alternative of the blood feud, yet as a continuation of vengeance-taking in a far bloodier shape. This ebook outlines the character of feuding in France and its intensification within the wake of the Protestant Reformation, civil struggle and dynastic weak point, and considers the suggestions proposed through thinkers from Montaigne to Hobbes. The production of the most important status military in Europe because the Romans was once one such solution,
but the militarization of society, a version followed all through Europe, finds the darker aspect of the civilizing process.
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