Mont Saint Michel with Henry Adams

Henry Adams was an American historian and member of the Adams political family, descended from two U.S. Presidents. In his famous work, Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres (published I believe in 1904), Adams had some fine things to say about medieval Europe and Christendom. His words definitely challenge us today. In this video I've adjusted different phrases... Continue Reading →

What is Chivalry? (Part 4)

We have discussed various aspects of chivalry, working on a general definition via our reading of Kenelm Digby's Broadstone of Honour. In part one we learned that chivalry is a "spirit or state of mind which disposes men to heroic and generous actions and keeps them conversant with all that is beautiful and sublime in the... Continue Reading →

What is Chivalry? (Part 3)

Religion is a word and category that has come under considerable criticism over the last few centuries. And this, not merely by atheists or secularists, but by modern Christians, scholars, pastors and theologians. By and large the effort has been to "freshen-up" the feeling and "face" of Christianity in particular, and make it more amenable to... Continue Reading →

What is Chivalry? (Part 2)

We began last time (part 1) by introducing a positive definition of chivalry, following Kenelm Digby's Broadstone of Honour. In it he states that chivalry is that "spirit or state of mind which disposes men to heroic and generous actions and keeps them conversant with all that is beautiful and sublime in the intellectual and moral world." It... Continue Reading →

What is Chivalry? (Part 1)

One often hears the phrase, "chivalry is dead." And by this it is not always clear what is being referred to. By chivalry do they mean romantic feeling? Or perhaps knights in shining armor? Maybe, ladies in waiting? Or is it castles and flying banners? In all such cases I suppose the phrase, "chivalry is... Continue Reading →

Honor: A Lost Wor[l]d

There is a word which seems to find little use today. And though it covers the pages of the English Bible and permeates the entire history of Christendom, it seems to have nearly fallen off the proverbial map of common parlance. That word is honor. And with its disappearance there has also withdrawn from us an... Continue Reading →

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