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Blood and Violence in Early Modern France

Stuart Carroll


The rise of civilised conduct and behaviour has long been considered as one of the major factors in the transformation from medieval to modern society. Thinkers and historians alike argue that violence progressively declined as men learned to control their emotions. The feud is a phenomenon associated with backward societies, and in the West duelling codified behaviour and channelled aggression into ritualised combats that satisfied honour without the shedding of blood. French manners and codes of civility laid the foundations of civilised Western values. But as this original work of archival ... More

Keywords: civilised conduct, violence, feuding, duelling, France, Reformation, militarisation, vengeance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199290451
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199290451.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stuart Carroll, author
Professor of History, University of York
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