An occasion for a duel

During the Renaissance, the denigration of a man’s name was occasion for a duel. Naturally.
shakespeare duel

My dear dear lord,
The purest treasure mortal times afford
Is spotless reputation—that away,
Men are but gilded loam, or painted clay.
A jewel in a ten-times barr’d-up chest
Is a bold spirit in a loyal breast.

A quote of Mowbury, Richard The Second

Without public honor, a man’s inner virtues are like a jewel locked with ten bolts in an obscure chest.

A quote of Beatrice, Much Ado About Nothing

2 thoughts on “An occasion for a duel

    • I was rushing out the door when I posted that image… which I’ve now replaced. Posting about 17th century dueling men had no real connection with 18th century dueling French women, sorry!

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