In the Aubrey Maturin series of novels, there are at least two scenes where the protagonists are challenged to a duel:
- Post-Captain - Aubrey and Maturin about Aubrey's reputation with the Admiralty
- HMS Surprise - Stephen challenges another lover of Diana Villers to a duel
It seems to me that challenging another man to a duel (apart from being illegal), is no longer a part of English culture.
My question is: When did challenging to a duel cease to be a practice in English culture?