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Cervantes, Knights, and Gun Control in Early Modern Europe
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Given the current impact of recurring mass shootings, subsequent protests and gun control movements such as the "March of Our Lives," this presentaion looks back at some of the earliest attitudes towards firearms, especially those of Miguel de Cervantes, whose famous Don Quijote questions the lethality of the instruments in a (make-believe) world where knightly virtues and values function as a moral compass. How did firearms change the direction of heroic masculine virtues, and how did authors (like Cervantes) react? What can we glean from past attitudes.
Gearhart, Grant, "Cervantes, Knights, and Gun Control in Early Modern Europe" (2019). Robert Ingram Strozier Lecture Series. 36.
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