Category Archives: Philosophy

The Four Beasts of “The Seven Swords” of Master Fiore- 14th Century

Behold! we are four distinguished animals with these traits Who, for instance, strongly reminds that he is able in arms; He wants to be clear and even shining brightly with honesty. This Master with these swords signifies the seven blows of the sword. And the four animals signify four virtues, that is prudence, celerity, fortitude, …

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Master Johannes Liechtenauer’s Prologue to His Zettel (or poem) entitled “The Chivalric Art of Fencing” from the early 15th Century

Germany- 15th Century This is a general introduction for the unarmored fencing on foot, so remember this correctly. Young knight learn, to love god and women, so your honour may grow. Practice chivalry and learn arts that adorn you as well as serving you in conflict. Wrestle well, bear glaive, spear, sword and knife manfully …

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The Warrior Poet- Dán Díreach Poetry

When, at long last, I decided to stop reading and meditating on the Chivalric Code and to begin the work of the creative process, I felt so passionately about it that I decided to find a complex poetry form from Europe, and from the time period in history when Chivalry was being codified, to lend …

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The Trichotomy of Chivalry

let us take a moment here to first look at the triquetra that is the Creator. Then we will explore the Triskelion that is Man. Finally we will recognize the trichotomy of Chivalry. The Triquetra of the Creator In the monotheistic, Abrahamic religious traditions of Judaism, Islam and Christianity, there is only one God. While …

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Chivalry Codified: A Survey of the Sources

When many think of a warrior code, the “Bushido”- or the Japanese “Way of the Warrior”- is the first thing to come to mind. The bushido is the Code of virtues that the ancient Samaria warrior was to keep. While the virtues of the Bushido were exemplified in the ancient legends of the Samaria, they …

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The Siege Perilous: The Christian Warrior Ethos

When many imagine the age of chivalry, they think of movies watched, or books read. Stories of knights and ladies. Dragons and trolls. Robin Hood. King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Or perhaps you envision, as I do, the romantic and epic scenes of Waterhouse paintings depicting courtly love and mystical ladies …

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MERCY: A Dan Direach of Tròcair

Blessed are the merciful- They are true nobility- For they shall receive mercy This is God’s great guarantee Give it- Never plead for it- In noble knightly fashion Cowards are cruel in combat Courageous show compassion When we fail in courtly love May Mercy bear us witness May Grace prepare her banquet Where we feast …

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Why I write structured poetry rather than free verse.

Why I write structured poetry rather than free verse. Today I had a dear and lifelong friend send multiple videos of slam poetry to me. each of the videos were of young white upper middle class women throwing tantrums about first world problems. They were talented in their art and the performances were exceptional. But …

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LOVE: A Dan Direach of Gaol

Love- The bond of unity- Calls us to integrity Lifts souls out of poverty Manifests Divinity We war- not for hate of those whom against us have aligned We war for the selfless love Of those at home behind I will that I will not love Self in my queen’s company but love her in …

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JUSTICE: A Dan Direach of Ceartais

May justice flow like rivers With ravenous wanderlust And let judgment fall like rain On the just and the unjust Those of us who bare the sword Know peace has not come bloodless We bare not the sword in vain Armastice comes by justice We covenant our courage War prowess and power To protect the …

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