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Famous Duels and Duellists

The Butcher and the Shoemaker

London May 27, 1667 from the diary of M. de Sorbière
"Then again by the water to the Bear-Garden, where now the house full of people, and there most of them seamen striving by force to get in, and I was afeard to be seen among them, but got into the alehouse, and so by a back way was put into the bull-house, and was afeard I was among the bears too, but by and by the door opened, and I got into the common pit, and there, with my cloak about my face, I stood and saw the prize fought, till one of them, a shoemaker, was so cut on the wrists that he could fight no longer, and then they broke off, his enemy a butcher. The sport was very good, and various humours to be seen among the rabble that is there."

This excerpt is taken from Aylward's The English Master of Arms published in 1956 by Routledge & Kegan Paul Limited.