Tag: manliness

  • Chivalry

    Need to justify military power in context of Christianity! So Just War eg Pope Urban calling for crusade to recover Jerusalem. Expected to show same qualities of self discipline, sacrifice as other pious people, but other things crept in eg largesse, courtesy and eventually courtly love.  Anglo-saxon warfare usually involved killing your enemies, in France…

  • How to Gird Up Your Loins: An Illustrated Guide [feedly]

    How to Gird Up Your Loins: An Illustrated Guide // The Art of Manliness If you’ve read the Bible, then you’ve probably come across the phrase “gird up your loins.” I’ve always thought it was a funny turn of phrase. Loins….heh. Back in the days of the ancient Near East, both men and women wore…

  • Love is all you need – if you're old and male

    Grant study of Harvard medical school entrants in 1940s. “Flourishing” – defined as career success, physical and mental health, good relationships with spouse and children, subjective happiness – associated with warm, supportive childhood; mature coping style, good adult relationships between ages of 37 and 47 (!), and not IQ, income/status of parents. Good relationships with…

  • Love

    Love is the most codified of all emotions, the most subject to the rules of society & culture yet we continue to believe it the most spontaneous & genuine!  In medieval society it was bound up in valour & chivalry (producing the Tristan and Isolde paradox, that the best knight deserves the queen but must…