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Eldorado

Princess and Countess fought a topless duel

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"In August of 1892, a duel took place in Liechtenstein. The two adversaries took the field armed with rapiers to take satisfaction in blood over an unpardonable outrage: a dispute over a flower arrangement.

The precise nature of the disagreement has been lost in the mists of time. All we know is that Princess Pauline Metternich, granddaughter of Napoleonic-era Austrian statesman Prince Klemens Wenzel von Metternich, and Countess Anastasia Kilmannsegg, wife of the Statthalter of Lower Austria, had conflicting visions of how the flowers should be arranged at the Viennese International Exhibition of Music and Theater of 1892."

Full entry at the History Blog: http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/54537

Old newspaper clipping: https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29343103/the_weekly_missoulian/

At Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pauline_von_Metternich#Famous_duel

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Orphalesion

And they wonder why that society/system wasn't a keeper... :rolleyes:

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Eldorado
2 minutes ago, Orphalesion said:

And they wonder why that society/system wasn't a keeper... :rolleyes:

It would be on Pay per View if it happened today.  A box-office winner.

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Orphalesion
4 minutes ago, Eldorado said:

It would be on Pay per View if it happened today.  A box-office winner.

True! Ha! But at least it would be something non-potentially lethal, like mud-wrestling or some such.

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third_eye

I wonder what the flowers thinks about it all, blooming wise ...

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