Friday, October 25, 2019

800 percent and rising

The campaign for the 2020 edition of the Junior Classics continues to go from strength to strength. To explain why it is important, consider the following preface from Volume 4 of the 1918 edition, "Heroes and Heroines of Chivalry", which was excised from the 1958 edition for reasons that will be obvious to anyone who is conversant with the concept of social justice convergence and the long-running cultural war against Christianity and the West. And it probably will not surprise you to know that all three of the stories referenced in this preface were also removed from the 1958 edition.

The preface and all four stories will, of course, appear in the 2020 edition.

The word chivalry is taken from the French cheval, a horse. A knight was a young man, the son of a good family, who was allowed to wear arms. In the story "How the Child of the Sea was made Knight," we are told how a boy of twelve became a page to the queen, and in the opening pages of the story "The Adventures of Sir Gareth," we get a glimpse of a young man growing up at the court of King Arthur. It was not an easy life, that of a boy who wished to become a knight, but it made a man of him. He was taken at an early age, sometimes when only seven years old, to the castle of the king or knight he was to serve. He first became a page or valet, and, under the instruction of a governor, was taught to carve and wait on the table, to hunt and fish, and was drilled in wrestling and riding on horseback. Most pages were taught to dance, and if a boy had talent he was taught to play the harp so he could accompany his voice when singing to the ladies.

By the time a boy was fourteen he was ready to become an esquire. He was then taught to get on and off a horse with his heavy armor on, to wield the battle axe, and practise tilting with a spear. His service to the ladies had now reached the point where he picked out a lady to serve loyally. His endeavor was to please her in all things, in order that he might be known as her knight, and wear her glove or scarf as a badge or favor when he entered the lists of a joust or tournament.

To become a knight was almost as solemn an affair as it was to become a priest. Before the day of the ceremony he fasted, spent the night in prayer, confessed his sins, and received the Holy Sacrament. When morning came he went, clothed in white, to the church or hall, with a knight's sword suspended from his neck. This the priest blessed and returned to him. Upon receiving back the sword he went and knelt before the presiding knight and took the oath of knighthood. The friends who accompanied him now came forward and handed him the spurs, the coat of mail, the armlet and gauntlet, and having put these on he girded on his sword. The presiding knight now bade him kneel, and, touching him three times on the shoulder with the flat of his sword, he pronounced the words that received him into the company of worthy knights: "In the name of God, of St. Michael, and St. George, I make thee a knight; be valiant, courteous, and loyal!" After this he received his helmet, his shield, and his spear, and the ceremony was completed.

The knight's real work, and greatest joy, was fighting for some one who needed his help. Tournaments and jousts gave them chances to show off their skill in public. We must remember that there were no big open-air theatres in those days, such as the Greeks had, no public races or trials of strength such as the Greeks held in the stadiums, nor were there chariot races or fighting gladiators such as the Romans had at an earlier day. Tournaments or jousts were the big public entertainments, and you will find a famous description of one by Sir Walter Scott in Ivanhoe, in the volume "Stories that Never Grow Old," the tournament of Ashby-de-la-Zouche. In it you will find a clear description of how the field of contest was laid out, of the magnificent pavilions decorated with flags, and the galleries spread with carpets and tapestries for the ladies.

The same qualities that made a manful fighter then, make one now: to speak the truth, to perform a promise to the utmost, to reverence all women, to be constant in love, to despise luxury, to be simple and modest and gentle in heart, to help the weak and take no unfair advantage of an inferior. This was the ideal of the age, and chivalry is the word that expresses that ideal. In all our reading we shall perhaps find no more glowing example of it as something real, than in the speech of Sir Jean de Vienne, governor of the besieged town of Calais who, when called upon by King Edward III of England to surrender unconditionally, replied:—

"We are but a small number of knights and squires, who have loyally served our lord and master as you would have done, and have suffered much ill and disquiet, but we will endure far more than any man has done in such a post, before we consent that the smallest boy in the town shall fare worse than ourselves."

And this story you can find in the volume "Tales of Courage and Heroism," entitled "The Noble Burghers of Calais."

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Blogger Brick Hardslab October 25, 2019 1:22 PM  

This has got to be the biggest thing I've seen in ages.

Blogger tuberman October 25, 2019 1:25 PM  

Yep, doing better than great. Love, love,love the Culture Wars. Now bring on the next Phase, nice timeline for all of these.

Blogger Newscaper312 October 25, 2019 1:25 PM  

Just reading that even now makes you want to "man up" to that standard. Re women, as Instapundit likes to point, the other aspect of chivalry was the expectation that women be ladies, and be worthy of this treatment from the men. Mutual obligation.

Blogger sammibandit October 25, 2019 1:56 PM  

This is legit. Also looking forward to the native myths added back in.

Blogger Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi October 25, 2019 1:59 PM  

Reminds me of old Arthurian Legend books I used to find in the School libraries when I was young.

You just don't find the word shriven in modern books.

Blogger J Melcher October 25, 2019 2:19 PM  

"Sir Jean de Vienne,"

I read this as "John Wayne", and wonder if Marion Robert Morrison was familiar with this hero, or better still, I wonder if Marion was raised with these books.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd October 25, 2019 2:23 PM  

This puts me in mind of Dalrock's crusade against chivalry as a mockery of Christianity. Jesus wasn't nice. Jesus didn't revere all women. Be like Jesus, not like that knight.

It's true these old stories are good, and not just because they're less pozzed than drag queen story hour. It's also true that men who bought the 1918 set for their children or grandchildren were the same men who voted for suffrage for women, to name just one century-old mistake.

The past these stories come from is the past that lead to our present. They're good stories, they may be necessary to de-poz, but they're not sufficient to keep out the poz.

Blogger Dr Caveman October 25, 2019 2:40 PM  

Congratulations n the successful campaign. Glad to see the classics in a nice collection are still sought after

Blogger DJ | AMDG October 25, 2019 2:49 PM  

I was on the fence until today’s post. Simply can’t say no anymore. Hardcover Set donor now and proud of it. Thank you, Vox.

Blogger CM October 25, 2019 2:51 PM  

My mother has some version of these from 1953 or so. Something called The Children's Hour (after a Longfellow poem).

I backed this campaign for the digital. I may yet consider the hardback campaign.

Blogger wgmeisheid October 25, 2019 3:10 PM  

Just ordered my set. Thank you for doing this.

I think this a really smart way to build your publishing company's catalog with items that have lasting value and will continue to sell far into the future. You continue to show that in addition to being smart, you are a smart businessman who is also a champion for the right and true, which is great because those rarely go together. God's best blessings in all you continue to do.

Blogger Sean October 25, 2019 4:09 PM  

I have tried multiple times to donate, but it always gets kicked back. Not sure if it is my bank or Indie Go Go. Anyone else have issues with their Visa Debit card going through?

Blogger Unknown October 25, 2019 4:12 PM  

I'll agree with #7. Dalrock has gone to some length to show that Chivalry is in many ways Un-Christian. Courtly Love is not Biblical, and never was. Reverence women, but only the ones who deserve it. Not all women are worthy.
That said, I'll be ordering these books for my grandsons. Better this than the garbage that is out there now.

Blogger Quilp October 25, 2019 4:15 PM  

My Kindle locked up on me last night just after I had laid down for a pleasant evening of finishing up a Priscillia Hutchins adventure. BTW, please tell me Jack McDevitt isn't another pervert. Sometimes I just want an easy, pleasant read.

Anyway the malfunction convinced me I should buy the hardcovers. Sometimes a real page turner is just what the grandson ordered. I'm in.

Blogger RGPM October 25, 2019 4:41 PM  

"to reverence all women, "

Seems a bit outdated and feminist. Does not take into account the fact that all women arent good.

Blogger Road to Erudition October 25, 2019 4:44 PM  

Our culture has been ripped from our hands forcefully by SJWs and we must revive it and pass it onto our next generation. Ensuring that classic ways of thinking about virtue and ethics are passed on may be the highest calling of our time. I am glad that Vox is leading the way during this turbulence by promoting and publishing the Juniour Classics.

Blogger Fergus October 25, 2019 5:14 PM  

Young people are woefully unprepared as ancestral skills are not being taught. It's so bad that in youth ministry, seldom have I encountered teens who could successfully build a campfire with minimal gear and without assistance. I hope you consider this aspect as well.

Single motherhood is certainly a contributing factor.

This perpetuates weak young people, yet for most of history, young people HAD ancestral skills. They didn't call some tech to bail them out, they repaired what was broken.

Education should be practical and not just literature and essays.

I sincerely doubt most young people can identify 25 trees anymore.

Blogger JD October 25, 2019 5:17 PM  

Speaking of Dalrock @7 & @11 - He's already posted his thoughts on this preface:

Nearly all Christians today would struggle greatly to separate the two in a meaningful way, especially when it comes to the proper roles of men & women and the morality of romantic love. This is true despite the fact that the ideas now accepted as “Christian” were created as a parody of Christianity. The Bible teaches Christians that wives should submit to their husbands in all things, with fear and reverence, and call their husband lord. Chivalry teaches Christians that a man should submit to his lady in all things, with fear and reverence. Chivalry, the mock religion that decadent medieval aristocrats contrived as a devious joke, is now mistaken by modern Christians for the real deal. This makes modern Christians helpless when trying to fight against feminism, because the temptation is to offer chivalry as the “way back” to Christianity.

Blogger Hammerli 280 October 25, 2019 5:21 PM  

Oh, my...I've got a 3 year old and a 4 year old nephew. I'm probably going to wind up getting two sets...and an e-copy for myself.

Question: What is the right age for this sort of material? I could have handled it at 6 or 7...but I was running a >+3 SD IQ. Neither of these two are displaying anything close to that.

Blogger Newscaper312 October 25, 2019 5:22 PM  

Hmmm... looks like half of the lunar bootprint post's comments went to the Great Bit Bucket in the Sky.

Blogger sammibandit October 25, 2019 5:41 PM  

It's going to be cool to have an actual reference book to use as a prop when I explain to my son how the fostering/knightship apprentice thing works. There's some Rittmeier types called Techtmeiers in my lineage and I want to be able to explain. how land was granted as a courtesy to ancestors and much later forcefully taken away by communists. I'm sure I'm not the only commenter here with such a lineage as we tend to agglunate together despite the odds.

Blogger Azimus October 25, 2019 6:31 PM  

Is the dark stream limited to subscribers only now? Asking for a friend.

Blogger DonJuanBear October 25, 2019 6:45 PM  

I'll read that shit myself. That mess just sounds like fun.

Blogger tdcommenter October 25, 2019 6:55 PM  

The Castalia Jr harken back to 1918. Jerry Pournelle reprinted a California sixth grade reader from 1914, the selections in which resemble my world lit readings from 11th grade.

Blogger Doktor Jeep October 25, 2019 7:17 PM  

"It's true these old stories are good, and not just because they're less pozzed than drag queen story hour. It's also true that men who bought the 1918 set for their children or grandchildren were the same men who voted for suffrage for women, to name just one century-old mistake.

The past these stories come from is the past that lead to our present. They're good stories, they may be necessary to de-poz, but they're not sufficient to keep out the poz."

The argument I have made against all those "we just need to go back to the days of Moses and worry only about natural laws and whose Ox got gored" is this:
We were there.
We ended up here.
We go back there.
We end up here again.

Cue the nearest boomer: "Well, har har! I'll be dead by the time we ended up back here! Har har!"

The only way to misuse these classics, or all such resources from the past, is to get into some cargo cultism that going back to the past is somehow the way to a better future. I've had my fill of such people and every one of them had a poorly neglected present and were generally powerless people - libertarians mainly. We need the lesson, but still have to make our own direction.

Blogger Keith October 25, 2019 7:33 PM  

If you back the project now, can you pick the shipping address later?

Blogger Ominous Cowherd October 25, 2019 7:46 PM  

Doktor Jeep wrote:We were there.
We ended up here.
We go back there.
We end up here again.

Going back is necessary but not sufficient. If we go back, then guide our posterity, they might at least make different mistakes than our ancestors did.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd October 25, 2019 7:51 PM  

Dalrock weighs in.

Blogger CM October 25, 2019 8:29 PM  

Question: What is the right age for this sort of material? I could have handled it at 6 or 7...but I was running a >+3 SD IQ.

Being read to, 5-7 for the first book. As I understand, they get progressively advanced. A child starting in fairy tales and fables should be sufficiently educated to handle what follows. At least judging by the set I have that follows the same philosophy of curation (if not the same philosophy of what is culturally acceptable).

Blogger Jake October 25, 2019 10:03 PM  

My only regret about this is that I can't afford to get more than the ebooks.

Blogger Fergus October 25, 2019 10:08 PM  

If you ever do an ancestral skills series, these would be extremely useful.
Back to Basics: How to Do American Traditional Skills.
Jiu Jitsu Combat Tricks (1904) H Irving Handcock.
Audubon Society Book of Tree (both east and west of the Mississippi)
Any of the Tom Brown Field Guides but especially #1,2,& 3

Blogger Fergus October 25, 2019 10:10 PM  

Tree Crops by J. Russel Smith too. These are a huge nearly untapped source of nutritional calories.

Blogger mike October 25, 2019 10:28 PM  

Wow this is sparta !! Buying

Blogger maniacprovost October 25, 2019 10:38 PM  

I sincerely doubt most young people can identify 25 trees anymore.

I doubt most young people have ever touched 25 trees

Blogger Jad October 25, 2019 11:51 PM  

Wow! Man am I excited for these...

Blogger Thad Tuiol October 26, 2019 12:56 AM  

Great quote at the end. Just shows that America's founding spirit is more with the French than the English. The English and their kings have long been a scourge.

Blogger RealTalk103 October 26, 2019 4:28 AM  


Blogger Damelon Brinn October 26, 2019 7:42 AM  

We were there.
We ended up here.
We go back there.
We end up here again.

Objection, your honor, irrelevant. We live in a fallen world. There's no way we can ever "fix" it by putting the right plans or structures in place so that we never end up here again. We will, over and over, until Jesus comes back and puts an end to it. All we can do is our best while we're here, and we could do a lot worse than simply "going back" to what these stories teach and describe.

That's not an objection to trying to create something new that's adapted for today's circumstances. Go for it. But a paralyzed man needs to learn to walk again before he can run marathons.

Blogger Section 8A October 26, 2019 10:49 AM  

This not only helps show how They have moved to destroy and sully the West, but also exposes the move to lower literacy levels among the regular people. John Taylor Gatto showed how a nearly school free America was able to become hyper literate and capable. Naturally, the Grabblers had to ruin that, and so they did.

This series, and other releases like it, send the pendulum swinging the other way. What can one person do? He can do this.

Blogger Fergus October 26, 2019 11:33 AM  

If you actually study history, the vast bulk of humanity were generalists working the land. The urban centers needed specialists to enforce the goals of kings and wannabe kings. Urbanization was ruinous to humanity and led to all the issues of population density: graft, disease, pollution, theft, etc. Urbanization led to banking, taxation, being drafted as soldiers, etc.

The main benefits were industrialization, wealth to a few, scientific and artistic achievement, and architecture.

Find old education profficiency tests say 1890. Few high schoolers could pass them. Then compare and contrast the depth of ancestral skills a "mature" person needed to be able to demostrate to be considered and adult man or lady.

The orginal progressives were the quasi-aristocrats who created the factories. They wanted human resources (not human beings) to run these factories. They dumbed down education by design as these evil folks did not desire critical thinkers.

Now every fool sends their kids to universities, and they are not prepared. Thus the university makes money on remedial subjects so students are intentionally taking larger loans. Then these students are aimless and elect to take useless degrees in the midst of say the forty RN crisis and now physician crisis in the USA.

It's implosion by design yet look at the mammoth actual edicational costs of public school! Practically every state spends as much as university degrees yet the youth are less and less profficient.

Blogger Scott Alfter October 27, 2019 10:12 PM  

>Anyone else have issues with their Visa Debit card going through?

I did...switched from that to a credit card and succeeded. I don't know what bank you use, but Wells Fargo (my debit-card issuer) is a bit more hair-trigger with its fraud detection than USAA (my credit-card issuer), which has led to more false positives. This has been especially true for anything that looks like a foreign recipient. Pricing this in euros instead of dollars might have triggered something.

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