Everything you need to understand or teach Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner.
In a bustling, fairy-tale city, the aristocrats live on the Hill, while the poorest, and the criminal element, live in Riverside. Richard St. Vier is a swordsman living in Riverside with his lover, Alec. Richard makes his living fighting duels for the honor of various aristocratic houses, in an archaic system of challenges and champions.
Everyone is gossiping about Lord Horn's garden party, where Richard shows up and kills two hired swordsmen. No one knows that Richard was hired by the Duchess of Tremontaine, who pretends to be only concerned with being the most dazzling hostess on the Hill. Really the Duchess is a master of political scheming, and she takes several men into her bed, and under her wing, teaching them how to win politically, and using them for her own goals. Currently, the Duchess is having an affair with Lord Ferris, the Dragon Chancellor of the...
Swordspoint: A Novel Lesson Plans contain 118 pages of teaching material, including: