I think this was a short, interesting read – however the book finished a quarter of the way in and there was three times as much supplementary material to get through. Am becoming well-versed in the politics and skills of duelling!

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Dates 18 February 2013 – 19 February 2013
Time spent reading 2 hours, 10 minutes
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Rotbart picked up the gauntlet

Andrew Doran Andrew Doran

Quite literally!


Andrew Doran Andrew Doran

The book is all done and dusted 28 pages in and there are 80 pages of supplementary material.

Since the entire structure of trial by combat depended on divine judgment, so too did all stories surrounding the practice.

It is also interesting to note that Heinrich von Kleist (1777–1811) and Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832) were contemporaries.

The erratic genius, the intermittent dabbler, the half-hearted imitation enthusiast has no place on a fencing floor.

If “necessity is the mother of invention,” well-directed efforts is the father of success

In handling a pistol or other fire-arm, make it a rule, from which there shall never be any deviation, that, loaded or unloaded, the muzzle shall never be pointed at any living thing whose life you do not intend to take.

Andrew Doran Andrew Doran

A good rule!

There is an old Latin proverb which tells us that the man of one book is to be feared; much more is there reason for fearing the man of one pistol.