qAt a time of astonishing confusion about what it means to be a man, Brad Miner has recovered the oldest and best ideal of manhood: the gentleman. Reviving a thousand-year tradition of chivalry, honor, and heroism, The Compleat Gentleman provides the essential model for twenty-first-century masculinity.q qDespite our confusion, real manhood is not complicated. It is an ancient ideal based on service to one's God, country, family, and friends - a simple but arduous ideal worthy of a lifetime of struggle.q qMiner traces the concept of manliness from the jousting fields of the twelfth century to the decks of the Titanic. The three masculine archetypes that emerge - the warrior, the lover, and the monk - combine in the character of the qcompleat gentleman.q This modern knight cultivates a martial spirit in defense of the true and the beautiful. He treats the opposite sex with the passionate respect required by courtly love. And he values learning in the pursuit of truth - all with the discretion, decorum, and nonchalance that the Renaissance called sprezzatura.q--BOOK JACKET.aquot;At a time of astonishing confusion about what it means to be a man, Brad Miner has recovered the oldest and best ideal of manhood: the gentleman.
|Title||:||The Compleat Gentleman|
|Publisher||:||Spence Pub - 2004|