A Dispatch from the Austrian Court
One of the questions I am often asked is for more details about the infamous Hungarian Imperial Parasol Duelling Rules. They have taken on quite an aura of exotic mystery if only because they are considered barbarous and violent, in contrast to the stately and more elegant forms of the Brandenburg Variations.
Jayne Barnard has written this delightful post to shed some light on these other rules. Couched in the congenial, yet precise, form of a letter from an English Diplomat in the Imperial Court of Austria to an old friend and compatriot in the Diplomatic Service back in England.
Keep your sightglass full your firebox trimmed and your water iced.
|The Empress of Austria Hungary|
- the Cut, which is a slash of the opponent’s clothing or hair net;
- the Cut Direct, a slash of any exposed skin;
- the Hobble, which is a sharp blow to either the knee or the ankle, made visible targets by the lack of skirts;
- the Coup. This last is a stab that penetrates the opponent’s body, and is generally held to terminate an affair of honour. A duel may continue beyond that point if the pierced duelist declines to yield, up to the third Coup, which is named the Coup de Grace, and from which no return to combat is permitted.
Continued in Part 2