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The Last Single Combat? November 15, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval, Modern
The Last Single Combat?

Single Combat is not strictly the same as a duel, where two individuals meet to settle a matter of honour. In single combat a member of one army and a member from another meet before battle, either to warm up the ranks or, better still, to settle the affair pacifically without any one else having […]

Dumb Duels #1: Finn vs O’Hara November 4, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Dumb Duels #1: Finn vs O'Hara

Duelling? What an absolutely charming idea. Two men and occasionally two women resolve problems with recourse to combat. But doesn’t this make for rather boring history? After all, the two meet, the two shoot/cut and one apologies or dies. There just isn’t that much potential for things to go bizarrely wrong? Well, apart from that […]

Highland Gladiators December 24, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
Highland Gladiators

If Beachcombing had another ten years to add to his natural lifespan he would study duels: there is enough bizarre material there for at least a decade of honest work. As it is the years pass and there is little time. So he will offer up here, in passing, just one of those many collected […]