| The village of Egham
is a few miles south-east ...(1)... Windsor. Its churchyard seems
...(2)... many others; but in fact one grave here - ...(3)...
the year 1852 - is unique. A plain, dark stone marks the final resting place
...(4)... Frederick Cournet. He was the last man to die ...(5)...
England in a duel - which is ironic, since he was a Frenchman. His opponent,
a man named Bartholmy, was also French. And even more surprisingly, the
two of them fought what were really two duels. When they faced each other,
Bartholmy’s pistol misfired and Cournet’s shot missed. So they tried a second
time - and Cournet ended ...(6)... dead.
Many well-known people fought duels, and duelling was widely regarded
as the gentleman’s way ...(7)... settling a dispute. There were
even manuals published in every aspect of the subject, and the rules for
fighting a duel were elaborate. Nevertheless, duelling had been illegal
ever since it first began in England ...(8)... the 16th century.
A death that resulted from a duel was regarded as murder. So Bartholmy
was arrested, tried and hanged.
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