Duel - a privilege favorites

In the XVI century there was a trend of conflict resolution,arising between dignitaries (including crowned) by dueling matches. It is known that Charles V (emperor of Germany) challenged Francis I (King of France).Napoleon Bonaparte, at the time, received an invitation to take part in a duel with Swedish King Gustav IV.The story also stores information about the unfavorable outcome of such confrontations, for example, King Henry II of France was mortally wounded in a duel duel with Count Montgomery.However, with the end of the French Revolution ensued equality of classes, resulting in a general permission to sort things out in such a noble struggle.

first duel proceeded solemnly and is himself a public act.In France,
to carry out the duel required approval of the king, who personally attended the match.If desired, the ruler could at any moment stop it conditional gesture.So, if the king scepter dropped down, the opposition immediately stops.

dueling code

The case occurred in 1578, when in addition to the duelists themselves in the fight were involved and four of the seconds, gave rise to the establishment of punitive measures as well as to the regulation of the dueling code.

In dueling duel participate only two: the offender and the one who insulted.

demand can meet only once.

The purpose of the match - improving respect for their own honor and dignity.

If one of the duelists was late for the event for more than 15 minutes - it was considered evaded match.

Fight allowed only with sabers, swords, guns, yes.

The choice of weapons, as well as the first shot is automatically granted insult otherwise decided by drawing lots.

Seconds committed to not only participate in the development strategy, but also strictly enforce the rules.

shoots first has no right to make a shot in the air.

shots required to stand still at the barrier in anticipation of retaliatory steps.

also forbidden to wear chain mail, to begin a duel without a signal of a second, to retreat, and the like.

After the battle opponents shook hands, and the incident is settled.

It should be noted that by the end of the XIX century dueling code has become many times more humane than the one that was typical even for the first half of the same century.