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One-on-One Combat in the Arena - Marc de la Béraudière

One-on-One Combat in the Arena

By: Marc de la Béraudière, Chris Slee (Translator)

Paperback | 16 May 2024

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Marc de la B©raudi¨re's 1608 opus on justice, manners and polite society, One-on-One Combat in the Arena provides the fencer and the historian something more than simple advice literature. Positioned as a 'mirror for princes,' the text defies easy classification, seamlessly blending governance principles with courtly etiquette. B©raudi¨re offers precise instructions for princely rule -- spanning duelling, justice, peacekeeping, and noble conduct -- the text concurrently serves as a guide for courtiers, defining proper decorum in the presence of royalty and peers. He explores concepts of honour, duty, justice, and mercy, providing a comprehensive framework for appropriate behaviour in civil and courtly society.

As a response to and adaptation of Girolamo Muzio Justinopolitano's Il Duelo, the text endeavours to localise Italian wisdom to the experiences of the French upper classes, acknowledging temporal and cultural disparities. B©raudi¨re engages throughout in a measured discourse with Muzio, offering insightful reflections on points of agreement and disagreement, contributing to a nuanced understanding of differing social perspectives. This work stands as a testament to the convergence of Italian and French sensibilities at the turn of the 17th century, offering readers a glimpse into the intricate intersections of historical counsel and courtly conduct.

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