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Fencing History and Tales

Introduction | Literary Allusions | Famous Duels and Duellists | Women and Combat

Famous Duels and Duellists

Pacheco and Quevedo (1608)
The two gentlemen duel over the text of Narvaez's "100 conclusions".

Catalina de Erauso (1585-1650)
Catalina was a Basque who fled a Spanish convent and donned men's clothes. She sailed to the New World where she attained the rank of lieutenant in the army and fought several duels in her life.

Hernan Cortes (1485-1547)
A young man throws away his future in a duel for love.

Isabella da Carazzi and Diambra de Pettinella (1552)
Two women duel in Naples, Italy.

La Chastaignerie and Jarnac (June 10th, 1547)
The last judicial duel witnessed in France.

Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593)
The hot temper of the famous playwright.

Matthews and Westwicke in London (June 1, 1663)
Two Englishmen play a prize in the New Theatre.

The Butcher and the Waterman in London (May 27, 1667)
Two Englishmen play a prize at the Bear-Garden that erupts into a brawl.

The Butcher and the Shoemaker (September 9, 1667)
A very brief account of two Englishmen playing a prize at the Bear-Garden.

Warrell and the Soldier (April 12, 1667)
An English country fellow named Warrell plays a prize against a soldier at the Bear-Garden.

The Tall Master and the Short Master (Sometime between 1665 and 1672)
Two English Masters play a bloody Prize at the "Bergiardin".