January 6, 2017 Matt Pennock

From Chivalry to Terrorism by Leo Brady ★★

Leo Brady’s work is one of the most frequently referenced and quoted books in the realm of men’s studies at the academic level because its so huge. I’ve read quite a few books now that base a lot of their propositions on Leo Brady’s own studies or make reference to them. It is a thorough historical analysis of masculinity and manhood. It’s a often a slog to read through but such is the way sometimes with high-level academic books. It is a resource to learn about the principle and primary sources of the old-school masculine narratives that have shaped society. For example, Knighthood, Don Quixote, Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, Aristotle, Joan of Arc, Jesus, Satan, honor systems, and so much more meticulously examined in the context of masculinity. It’s worth the read so long as you over look the felacious attempt to link “chivalry” with “terrorism”. Brady, in discussing them, gives no link between the two. It is completely missing. His assumption is that masculinity (an academic term coined in the 90s) somehow includes both paradigms of chivalry and terrorism. It is essentially, like so much from the Infantile Left these days, an attempt to rewrite history. In the book Honor, a more accurate assessment of “masculinity” as a virtuous notion of Western history is given by James Bowman:

Professor Braudy only expresses the academic consensus that the peculiarly Western form of honor known as chivalry is really just a sham, a cover for power-lust and oppression even worse than those primitive, Third World forms of honor that are anything but chivalrous towards women. An understanding of the moral and intellectual poverty of that view, such as I have tried to convey, is only a small step towards a new chivalric revival, but I think it is a necessary one. (Bowman, 324)

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