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Duke Hamilton is Dead!: A Story of Aristocratic Life and Death in Stuart Britain

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On the morning of November 15, 1712, two of Britain's most important peers, the fourth Baron Mohun and the fourth Duke of Hamilton, met in Hyde Park. In a flurry of brutal swordplay that lasted perhaps two minutes, both fell mortally wounded. For months afterward, the kingdom was in an uproar, for the duel occurred at a moment of grave political crisis. Whigs and Tories, i ...more
Hardcover, 332 pages
Published October 3rd 1999 by Hill & Wang (first published February 1999)
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Shelley
This is a fascinating, engaging account of two peers whose lifelong hatred of each other burned through conflicts in the House of Lords, a decades-long Chancery court battle, and then culminated in a bloody duel that left them both dead. (No spoilers; that's revealed at the outset.)

I picked it up on a lark and I'm glad I did. As a measure of the author's skill, he made part of the conflict -- a multi-generational property dispute -- so interesting I couldn't put the book down during the chapter
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