A pistol duel arranged to settle an ongoing dispute between two men from Kalmar, Sweden, have been jailed for five years.
The first of the two men was a 39-year-old who shot his 42-year-old opponent in the backside as he was walking back to his shooting spot, but despite being injured, he turned around and retaliated by shooting his rival in the chest.
The ‘bloody’ pair were discovered by a member of the public who was walking their dog on a cycling path.
Historical facts about Pistol Duels In Modern Europe:
The simple code between two individuals settling their disagreements with a duel was surrounded by the belief of honour.
Many duel’s were fought not with the intent to kill an opponent, but merely to gain the satisfaction over one’s opponent, or, to restore the honour by proving that one would be prepared to lay down their very life for the cause of the dispute.
Duels were commonly practiced in Early Modern Europe, and despite becoming illegal and outlawed in certain parts of Europe, many societies still accepted this noble form of combat and permitted it to continue with no convictions or prosecutions being made if it was considered to be a fair and just duel.
In the 17th and 18th century duels were mainly fought with swords but by the beginning of the 18th and 19th century, this form of combat was mostly fought using pistols.
One of the most bizarre duels took place in 1808 when two Frenchmen settled their dispute by taking to the air in balloons over Paris, each made an attempt to shoot and puncture the balloon of their rival opponent and one man in his balloon is said to have been shot down and killed.