Soldiers of Christ - Knighthood and True Christian Militarism Part I

“What purpose does ordained knighthood serve? To protect the Church, to battle against disloyalty, to honor the office of the priesthood, to put an end to injustice towards the poor, to bring peace to the land, to let his own blood be spilled for his brothers, and, if necessary, to give up his own life.” John of Salisbury, Bishop of Chartres (c.1120-1180)

Durandal, the Bastion of Catholicism and Monarchy, (whose approach is not nearly as redical) as mine has today posted this the first part of, "Soldiers of Christ - Knighthood and True Christian Militarism" Part I by J.D. Bennett...

A wise friend once told me that in the mind of the modern western man there is almost as little worth dying for as there is to live for. Few today could even contemplate giving their lives for a noble cause, for their family, their country, or for God and the Church. Yet when the twelfth century bishop John of Salisbury wrote his Historia Pontificalis there existed an entire class devoted to this purpose. To take up the Cross was to live, fight and perhaps die in the service of the Church and for the maintenance of Christian society, a task entrusted to the Chivalry of Christendom

Three distinct social estates inhabited mediaeval Christendom- the oratores, the laborares and the bellatores- that is, those who pray (the clergy and religious), those who work (the rural peasants and the urban bourgeoisie), and those who fight (the military aristocracy). This threefold division of the social order of Europe provided for the spiritual, economic, and defensive needs of a civilisation for nearly a millennium. Though the last class- which we know as chivalry- as an institution was dealt its final blow in the egalitarian revolutions of the nineteenth century, it remains as an ideal of true Catholic militancy...more..

Dieu Le Roy!


Matterhorn said...

Splendid! Thanks for this post.

de Brantigny........................ said...

The credit goes to Durandal.