This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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This Dark Age is now available in paperback on Amazon. The print version is MUCH cleaner than this online version, which is largely unedited and has fallen by the wayside as the project has grown. If you’ve appreciated my writing, please consider leaving a review on the relevant paperback volumes. The print edition also includes new sections (Military History, War Psychology, Dogmatic Theology).

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Chivalric orders of medieval Europe

In the West, the warrior ideal was embodied by the chivalric military orders of medieval Christendom. The highest of these was the Order of the Temple, also called the ‘Knight Templar,’ whose rule was authored by none other than St. Bernard. Such a path man was considered one of the holiest of all vocations, for the Templars were ascetics as well as fighters, and their initiatory vows resembled that of the priesthood: poverty, chastity, piety, and obedience. Under the influence of King Philip IV of France, members of this order were arrested, tortured, and burned alive on charges of treason. In 1312, pressure reached a sufficient level to coerce Pope Clement into issuing bulls to disband the order, the remaining members of which were absorbed into other groups, retired, or lived in exile. This event serves as a marker because it represents both an usurpation of spiritual authority by a temporal power (the king disbanding an order over which only the pope ought to have had authority), and a destruction of a traditional ideal—two violent deaths which point to a rupture of worlds.

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