Duels had a code of honor and were fought not so much to kill the opponent as to gain satisfaction and restore honor by demonstrating a willingness to risk your life. Originally dueling was only for the male members of nobility but then extended to all members of the upper classes. At first, duels were fought with swords but by the Regency Era, duels with pistols were more common. Some duels were also fought between women.
Favorite dueling grounds near London included Hampstead Heath, Chalk Farm and the common land that extended south of the Thames over modern Battersea, Putney and Wimbledon. The windmill there was a popular landmark beneath which duelists often agreed to meet. These locations were convenient for their proximity to the city, yet also sufficiently remote to avoid interruption and in the event of a fatality, attractively close to potential getaway routes on the roads out of London.
1826 An Affair Of Honor Decided With Pistols In Hyde Park London, U.K. A Regency Gentleman’s Life. From The English Spy By Robert Cruikshank.
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PRINCE REGENT ‘On the eighth day of April, 1795, was solemnized, at the Chapel Royal, St. James’s, the Marriage of His Royal Highness George Augustus Frederick, Prince of Wales, with Her Royal Highness Caroline Amelia Elizabeth, second daughter of the late Duke of Brunswick, by his consort Augusta, eldest sister of his present Majesty George III. And on the seventh day of January, 1796, was born, at Carlton House, the Princess Charlotte Caroline Augusta, their sole issue.’ From: 1817 Life and death of Her Royal Highness the Princess Charlotte by Edwin B. Hamil”
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Gentlemen who had inherited titles, estates, and wealth often had a town house in London, where they spent all their time when parliament was sitting and attended the House of Lords by day and socialized at night throughout ‘The Season’. These town houses were often very grand, especially the ones London’s most fashionable squares.
“The definition of a gentleman is a man who does no actual physical work, and the sticklers amongst the Beau Monde, those who lived in the ‘beautiful world’ of high society, would have died rather than admit that they had dirtied their hands doing any type of menial work. Yet, money was needed to run a gentleman’s town house, his estates, keep his family fashionably clothed, give his sons their quarterly allowances, and provide a London season for his daughters.
Many titled gentlemen were land rich and income poor. Therefore, they needed to work, though never manual work. They made investments in shipping companies or in cargoes being imported and exported. They watched the stock market closely, hung around the coffee shops of Threadneedle Street to glean tips on stock trading, and employed jobbers to act of their behalf at the Stock Exchange. They knew the way places like the East India Company, the Corn Exchange, and the Bank of England worked and took an active interest in the latest financial news, even if that interest only meant perusing the daily newspapers and making decisions on business ideas with their friends over dinner in one of their clubs. books2read.com/suziloveYGD
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1826 ‘An Affair Of Honor Decided With Pistols In Hyde Park, London’ and ‘An Affair of Honor, or, Leaden Arguments After A Love Affair’. A Regency Gentleman’s Life. From The English Spy By Robert Cruikshank.
1800 ca. Pair of Flintlock Duelling Pistols. Owned by Captain William Waller (active 1794-1807). Walnut stock, chequered grips, rounded butts, fitted with two silver pipes containing ramrods. Silver trigger guards engraved and end in pineapple shaped finials, each with flintlock containing flints. Lock plates engraved with leaf design, octagonal barrels browned with narrow gold bands near lock. via Royal Museums Greenwich collections.rmg.co.uk
During the Regency Era and Jane Austen’s writing years, dueling was illegal, although secret duels still happened. Courts were made up of peers and they rarely charged another peer for anything illegal. Honor and gentlemanly behavior were the most important things to men so if there was an offense committed, a dawn duel was arranged with seconds to check the weapons used and a doctor in case of injuries.
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