Nineteenth-century dueling pistol with brass finishes. A duel is a formal type of combat, as practiced from the fifteenth century to the twentieth in Western societies.
A duel is a formal type of combat, as practiced from the fifteenth century to the twentieth in Western societies. It can be defined as a consensual combat between two knights, who use deadly weapons according to explicit or implicit rules that are respected for the honor of the contestants, accompanied by godparents, who can fight or not with each other.
In general, and especially in recent decades, a duel is considered an illegal act in most countries. The duel was developed by the will of one of the parties - the defiant - to wash an insult to his honor. The goal was not generally to kill the opponent, but to achieve "satisfaction", for example by restoring one's honor by putting life at stake to defend it. Dueling must be distinguished from combat tests, since the former were not used to determine guilt or innocence, nor did they constitute official procedures.
The duels were generally illegal, despite the fact that in most of the societies where it was usual, it had social acceptance. The participants of a properly raised duel were not usually persecuted, and in cases where they were, they were not imprisoned for that reason.
It was considered that only the knights had an honor to defend, and therefore the upper social class was qualified to do it: if a gentleman was insulted by someone from the lower class, that did not challenge him to duel, but inflicted some physical punishment or commissioning his servants to do so.
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