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Charles Brewer-Carias: Part 3

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In the earlier tributes to Charles Brewer-Carías we looked at the concrete contributions that the great man has made (and continues to make) to many of the sciences, but his greatest achievement is a little more nebulous and arguably a great deal more important: by being a modern Renaissance Man he has reminded us all, that.....

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En Garde! Unusual Moments of Duelling History

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Duelling was the noble and utterly daft ritual of fighting for one’s (or one’s loved-ones’) honour by entering into formalised, and often lethal, one-on-one combat. It is commonly thought that it was a strictly male pursuit, but female-versus-female contests (sometimes described as ‘petticoat duels’) did take place. In 1792, one Lady Almeria Braddock duelled Mrs Elphinstone in London’s Hyde Park. The cause of the disagreement was a difference of opinion as to Lady Braddock’s age.

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