For those of you unfamiliar with the metaphor, to “throw down the gauntlet” is to issue a challenge. A medieval knight would challenge a fellow knight (or enemy) to a duel by throwing one of his gauntlets on the ground. If the opponent picked up the gauntlet, he was accepting the challenge. The action is closely associated with the King’s Champion, an officer whose role was to act as champion for the King at his coronation if anyone challenged the new King’s title to the throne.
This morning, I posted chapter 18 of Yours by Design: Sincerely Yours, Book 2 on Beyond Austen. I expect an answer from Ms. Hile tomorrow.
In the epic Battle of the Darcys, let the games begin . . .