The Last Duel

A True Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat

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Publisher Description

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • “A taut page-turner with all the hallmarks of a good historical thriller.”—Orlando Sentinel
 
The gripping true story of the duel to end all duels in medieval France as a resolute knight defends his wife’s honor against the man she accuses of a heinous crime
 
In the midst of the devastating Hundred Years’ War between France and England, Jean de Carrouges, a Norman knight fresh from combat in Scotland, returns home to yet another deadly threat. His wife, Marguerite, has accused squire Jacques Le Gris of rape. A deadlocked court decrees a trial by combat between the two men that will also leave Marguerite’s fate in the balance. For if her husband loses the duel, she will be put to death as a false accuser.
 
While enemy troops pillage the land, and rebellion and plague threaten the lives of all, Carrouges and Le Gris meet in full armor on a walled field in Paris. What follows is the final duel ever authorized by the Parlement of Paris, a fierce fight with lance, sword, and dagger before a massive crowd that includes the teenage King Charles VI, during which both combatants are wounded—but only one fatally.
 
Based on extensive research in Normandy and Paris, The Last Duel brings to life a colorful, turbulent age and three unforgettable characters caught in a fatal triangle of crime, scandal, and revenge. The Last Duel is at once a moving human drama, a captivating true crime story, and an engrossing work of historical intrigue with themes that echo powerfully centuries later.

GENRE
History
RELEASED
2004
October 12
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
256
Pages
PUBLISHER
Crown
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
11
MB

Customer Reviews

Longjing54 ,

Last Duel

Interesting account of the last judicial duel in France within the jurisdiction of its judicial parliament. Somewhat marred in this reader’s view by the author’s speculations about what his protagonists « might have », « must have », « would have », or « could have » done, thought, or felt. Nonetheless, a readable account of a long misrepresented affair in French legal history.

Tyrone7782 ,

Excellent.

Reads like a novel and managed to make me emotional invested in the fates of three strangers seven hundred years ago.

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