The last duel : a true story of crime, scandal, and trial by combat in medieval France by Eric Jager

 

 

The last duel : a true story of crime, scandal, and trial by combat in medieval France by Eric Jager book cover

 

In 1386, a few days after Christmas, a  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 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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