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6 March, John Leigh

posted 25 Feb 2015, 07:58 by Cambridge EMS

Our final seminar this term will be given by John Leigh, of Fitzwilliam College. His paper, 'Gentlemen Prefer Swords', will deal with the topic of duelling; a troubling preoccupation for many writers throughout the Early Modern period. The gradual introduction, and the increasing sophistication, of duelling pistols (alongside the traditional sword) across the eighteenth century transformed the duel, helping to open the practice up to a new clientele. Beginning from a pair of Flintlock duelling pistols, Leigh will consider some effects and ramifications of this change, along with the symbolic value more generally assigned to swords and pistols, which form part of the moving furniture in the texts of the period.

The seminar takes place at 2pm in the Latimer Room in Clare College's Old Court. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available. All welcome.

For those unable to attend, a short account of the paper will be available on this site following the seminar.

Image: wikicommons (images of the Fitzwilliam pistols not available)