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The Last Duel By Eric Jager

The Last Duel
by Eric Jager

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Talks about the true story of the "duel to end all duels" in medieval France: a trial by combat pitting a knight against a squire accused of violating the knight's beautiful young wife. The story of the knight, the squire, and the lady unfolds during the 14th-century, a time of war, plague, and anarchy, and honour, chivalry, and courtly love.
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The Last Duel: A True Story of Trial by Combat in Medieval France by Eric Jager

This work talks about the gripping, atmospheric true story of the "duel to end all duels" in medieval France: a trial by combat pitting a knight against a squire accused of violating the knight's beautiful young wife. In 1386, a few days after Christmas, a massive crowd gathered at a Paris monastery to watch the two men fight a duel to the death - a trial by combat meant to 'prove' which man's cause was right in God's sight. The dramatic true story of the knight, the squire, and the lady unfolds during the tumultuous fourteenth century, a time of war, plague, and anarchy, as well as of honour, chivalry, and courtly love. The notorious quarrel appears in many histories of France, but no writer has recounted it in full, until now.

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The Last Duel Reviews


"* 'a genuinely suspenseful and well written piece of narrative'. - The Spectator * 'succeeds brilliantly in combining page-turning intensity with eye-opening insights' Sunday Times * 'Jager knows his territory well; we learn a good deal about medieval armor and weaponry, fashion and custom, the legal system and sexual ideas, court politics and religion. His skilful prose quickly ensnares readers in the web of the characters' invention, allowing no escape until very near the end- Sex, savagery, and high-level political maneuvers energize a splendid piece of popular history.' Kirkus Reviews * 'A riveting account that will satisfy general readers and historians alike.' Publishers Weekly'As enthralling and engrossing as any [story] about a high-profile celebrity scandal today.' Booklist (starred)"

About Eric Jager


An award-winning professor of English at UCLA, Eric Jager holds a Ph. D. from the University of Michigan and has also taught at Columbia University. He is the author of two previous books, including The Book of the Heart (a study of heart imagery in medieval literature).

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GOR000548324
The Last Duel: A True Story of Trial by Combat in Medieval France by Eric Jager
Eric Jager
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Cornerstone
2006-02-02
256
0099457237
9780099457237
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