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A duel was a prearranged combat with lethal weapons between two peopleusually taking place under formal arrangements Each side had a witness calledseconds The usual cause of a duel is an insult given by one person to the other orover a question of honor The challenged person has the right to set the place timeand weapons Duels have generally been fought early in the morning in secludedDueling to avenge ones honor has never been legal dueling has been markedby laws opposing it The practice became popular in Europe after the famouschallenge between King Charles V of Spain and Francis I of France When war wasdeclared on Spain in 1528 by Francis he annulled the treaty between the twocountries Francis was challenged to a duel after being accused of ungentlemanlyconduct by the Spanish ruler The duel never did take place because makingarrangements was to difficult but this incident influenced the manners of Europeansso that gentlemen everywhere thought they were entitled to avenge slights on theirhonor by having similar challenges Encarta DuelDuels involving honor were so prevalent in France that Charles IX issued anordinance in 1566 that was death to anyone participating in a duel This became amodel for later edicts against dueling Dueling however did survive longer thanmonarchy in France Dueling became a technique for resolving political disputesBritannica Duel The duel was intensely popular in England during RestorationLegislation during the 17th century had little effect on suppressing the practice TheEnglish Common Law declares that killing in a duel to be held as murder but juriesrarely convicted in cases of dueling until the custom had ceased to be popular duringthe reign of Queen Victoria Encarta DuelThe earliest form of dueling was the judicial duel or trial by battle Thejudicial duel was established because solemn affirmation or swearing of oaths inlegal arguments had led to extensive perjury and the ordeal has too much of a chanceof being manipulated by the priests If one man declares before a judge
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