DiscoverEnglish Learning for Curious Minds#254 | En Garde! A History Of Duelling
#254 | En Garde! A History Of Duelling

#254 | En Garde! A History Of Duelling

Update: 2022-04-145
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For much of human civilisation, people have fought each to the death as a way of resolving arguments.

In this episode, we'll explore the curious and bloody history of one-on-one combat, from ancient Rome to 20th century France.


  • The most recent "modern" duel (1967, France)

  • The ancient concept of "champion warfare"

  • Trial by combat: a legal way to resolve a dispute

  • How trial by combat worked: a practical perspective

  • Why trial by combat died out

  • Trial by combat in Scandinavia: "Holmgang"

  • Renaissance duelling for honour

  • The role of the "second"

  • The two French officers who duelled against each other 30 times in 19 years

  • Duelling in the USA

  • Duelling goes all the way to The White House: Andrew Jackson & Alexander Hamilton

  • Why (and when) duelling stopped being popular

  • The legacy of duelling in books, poetry and film

Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/duelling


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#254 | En Garde! A History Of Duelling

#254 | En Garde! A History Of Duelling

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