Dating rules for college students
The feat of arms was used to settle hostilities between two large parties and supervised by a judge.
From the early 17th century, duels became illegal in the countries where they were practiced.
Queen Elizabeth I officially condemned and outlawed dueling in 1571, shortly after the practice had been introduced to England.
However, the tradition had become deeply rooted in European culture as a prerogative of the aristocracy, and these attempts largely failed.
During the 17th and 18th centuries (and earlier), duels were mostly fought with swords (the rapier, and later the smallsword), but beginning in the late 18th century in England, duels were more commonly fought using pistols.
Fencing and pistol duels continued to co-exist throughout the 19th century. Duels were fought not so much to kill the opponent as to gain "satisfaction", that is, to restore one's honor by demonstrating a willingness to risk one's life for it, and as such the tradition of dueling was originally reserved for the male members of nobility; however, in the modern era it extended to those of the upper classes generally.
These type of duels soon evolved into the more chivalric pas d'armes, or "passage of arms", a type of chivalric hastilude that evolved in the late 14th century and remained popular through the 15th century.