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O código d'honra e as alterações na prática de duelar em Portugal nos séculos XIX-XX
Danny Martins Rangel
AbstractThe history of private life is largely dependent on written sources. As it is anchored in material sources, the research method is based on a material memory so as to reach an immaterial history, understanding the manner in which human beings sees themselves and behave with others. The gentlemen’s duels of the 19th-20th centuries in Portugal, as a field of study on private life, possess this dynamic between material and immaterial. The need for a duel code from which ideas and rules were taken for duelling among gentlemen that took place on the margins of State regulation, punishable by law but socially accepted, was visible in the 19th century. Thus the «Ponto de Honra» (Point of Honour) appeared in the 20th century, in an act to officialise that which had been long practiced in the country. This paper intends to analyse how this written code affected the ways of duelling, studying the cases before and after the code’s existence, and determining the probable impact on the men of having an accessible national object on which they could justify a tradition. Keywords: Duels; honour; elite; politics.
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