We are honoured at The Society Club to host a very special talk by Gawain Douglas, the great grandson of the 9th Marquess of Queensberry, who not only devised the Queensbury rules - inventing boxing as we know it - but also famously had Oscar Wilde sent down to Reading Gaol. With poems, anecdotes, images, and family artefacts he will give a uniquely personal grand narrative of pugilism.
A deep-seated passion for boxing exists across all historical eras and social stratas; and yet somehow, with such typically British prudence, it was only hundred and fifty years ago that this pugilistic joy was codified and legitimised by the state. A visionary aristocrat Lord Douglas campaigned for it to be so - introducing the famed Queensbury Rules of Boxing - bringing modern boxing from the sordid underground, to the British mainstream, and then to America, where it became one of the greatest spectacles of the twenty century.
"In an age where we all fear everything, more or less, the seasoned boxer, more or less, fears nothing"
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