Friday, October 29, 2010



The Romantic depiction of medieval duels was based on either a pretext of defence of honour, usually accompanied by a trusted representative (who might themselves fight, often in contravention of the duelling conventions), or as a matter of challenge of the champion which developed out of the desire of one party (the challenger) to redress a perceived insult to his sovereign's honour. The goal of the honourable duel was often not so much to kill the opponent as to gain "satisfaction", that is, to restore one's honour by demonstrating a willingness to risk one's life for it.


1 comment:

Helrich Custom Cycles said...

beautiful. my favorite section of the arms and armour section of the MET was always the antique firearms, including firearms of nobility and my particular favorite, a few made by Tiffany.