That Damn'd Thing Called Honour - Duelling in Ireland 1570-1860, by James Kelly

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That Damn'd Thing Called Honour - Duelling in Ireland 1570-1860, by James Kelly
That Damn'd Thing Called Honour - Duelling in Ireland 1570-1860, by James Kelly

Published by Cork University Press in 1995, 325 pages, Hardback with Dust Jacket (S8295BWSO)

From the rear side cover: The phenomenon of duelling is a subject frequently referred to, but rarely studied in any depth. The object of this work is to provide a detailed and comprehensive account of duelling in Irish history by tracing it and the society that sustained it from.its introduction in the sixteenth century through to its demise in the mid-nineteenth century.

Duelling was established in Ireland during the emergence of a landed and militarised aristocratic elite, between the late sixteenth and the mid-seventeenth centuries. The ancien regime which prevailed following the Williamite war embraced the practice of duelling with increasing enthusiasm, reaching its climax in the late eighteenth century when virtually every politician of note was involved in at least one affair of honour. Many of these affairs involved figures as prominent as Henry Grattan, Henry Flood, Napper Tandy, John Beresford and Lord Townshend who are described at length in the book. The late eighteenth century also saw the first signs of emerging opposition, which grew slowly until it was the dominant sentiment in the mid-nineteenth century. However, duelling remained prevalent, with figures as notable as Daniel O'Connell being involved in celebrated encounters.


The condition of the book is generally very good. The dust jacket has some minor scuffs, and some light nibbling and wear along the edges and corners, and their is colour fading along the edges and outside spine, but the spine itself is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a single small 5mm line mark on the outside page leaves.
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