It is a world where the average person does not know what the plants that feed them every day even look like, a world where many would not know how to grow a beneficial herb if you handed them the seeds and pointed them to the soil, where people have stopped being responsible stewards of the environment and instead started ignorantly worshiping it. The relationship of humankind and nature is a long one, with faith-based traditions that must again be brought to the attention of the distortion-filled modern world.
With this in mind, the Traditian Order opens its page on our site containing information on nature, the environment and the politics and misinformation that surround these isssues. On our site you will now find In Horto Traditian, a page dedicated to collecting our articles and information about what the faithful have been taught, learned and need to know about nature, horticulture and environmental traditionalism (which will also be the title an August column of Traditius). In addition, we have started up a Facebook page, also called In Horto Traditian, for discussion of these issues. Finally a guild is being formed for interested members of the Order to join to help learn, defend and pass on these traditions.
Please check out these resources and let us know what you think!
Medieval Horticulture, Part 2: In The Garden of Charlemagne. A sequel to: Medieval Horticulture, Part 1: Monastic Herbalism
In 476 A.D. the Emperor Romulus Augustus was overthrown by the germanic hordes and any order that the Roman Empire had brought to Europe for centuries was finished. The fall of Rome in the west would cast the former territories of the Empire into centuries of ignorance and squalor, we are told, particularly the areas farthest from it. This is the accepted history, and it is an enormous oversimplification.
Just a few decades later, after all, one of the germanic tribes, the Franks, were unified under one king, named Clovis I. Unlike the other tribes, which were mainly Arian, the Franks were Catholic due to Clovis’ wife insistence and his conversion on Christmas Day in 508 A.D.. The germanic tribes would continue their chaotic rule over much of the former Empire in the west, for a time, but in 768 A.D. a man named Charles rose to lead the Franks and re-establish order. Charles would go on to conquer the other tribes, and became Holy Roman Emperor. Even during his life he was referred to as “Charles the Great” which translates in French, of course, to Charlemagne.
Do human beings possess an innate sense of right and wrong? And, if they do, where does this innate sense come from and what is its nature?
We must begin with Aristotle’s observation that human beings are social animals. It is in man’s nature to live in societies with other human beings. It is clear that in order for these societies to endure, they must require that their citizens adhere to certain behaviors and norms with the risk of punishment for those who do not accept these behaviors and norms. This we may call the law. It is the purpose of this exposition to show that the written laws of societies are based upon an unwritten law known as Natural Law. It is this law that provides the source of objective morality.
The Crusades are like White Castle hamburgers. Either you love them or you hate them. Of course, given the secular, anti-Christian education most people are subjected to these days, the overwhelming majority of people hate them as “Eurocentric” imperialism.
However, on what basis were they bad?
First of all, what were the Crusades? They were wars in which the Crusade Indulgence was granted by the Pope. While most people who hear the term think only of the Crusades to retake the Holy Land from the jihad, there were Crusades in other lands as well. There were Crusades against the jihad in the Iberian Peninsula, normally referred to as the Reconquista. There was a Crusade preached against the Albigensian Cathari in Languedoc in the South of France. There were the Northern Crusades, including the Wendish, Livonian, Swedish, Danish, and Prussian Crusades, and a Crusade against the Bogomils in Bosnia.
However, since the average person with a modern, secular education only knows of the Eastern Crusades and, possibly, the Reconquista, I will be discussing only the Crusades against the jihad in this article.
It is important to remember that at the founding of Islam by Muhammad, the world looked like this:
All of the purple area (fitting, it being the Imperial color) was Christian. This was pre-Great Schism, so while all of the Empire was Christian, not all Christian lands were part of the Empire (an important point later).
Some say the monastics of the Middle Ages merely kept good records of the classical era, preserved them, copied them, and made use of them. Others say they developed many skills and a great deal of information themselves through trial and error. What cannot be doubted, though, is that monks and nuns of medieval times had records, gardens and medicines for the practice of herbalism. Indeed, they were the practicing masters of it, particularly the Benedictines, and they held and built this treasure of knowledge for over a millennium, with some continuing to do so to this day.
Ancient Rome used herbs as part of its medical system. Indeed, the Roman Army took seeds with them along the way so they could plant and use them when they dug in at a particular location. The system itself came mainly from Greek discoveries, particularly Hippocrates and his followers, and it is well recorded that the Hippocratic humeral system was used by Ancient Rome. This system held that an excess or deficiency of any of four bodily fluids in a person, called humours, had a direct effect on their health and attitude. Herbs were among the things that they thought could restore balance to the humours. While the system was flawed in its foundational assumptions, the trial and error involved in it led to discovering many herbs and plants that helped the body to heal itself.
On October 13, 1917, your great, great grandfather and grandmother sat together on a sofa somewhere in the world as a miracle was filling the skies in Portugal. In the days that followed they heard the news, practically everyone worldwide heard the news, that a genuine miracle had occurred, and the most unlikely thing had happened.
The sun had danced around the sky and been witnessed by a crowd of between 30,000 and 100,000 people, including media, there to see it. It was, in many ways, the biggest news story in the world. To repeat: The sun had danced around the sky. Is it possible? It would hardly have been a miracle if it was possible. Did it happen? There is no court system in the world that does not allow witnesses to establish truth. There were thousands of witnesses. The sun had danced around the sky.
One of my pet peeves is when I am accused of being a fascist or a nazi because of my integrist, reactionary politics. Years ago, in university, I had a very good friend from England. He was a Labourite, with sympathies for the Militant, a trotskyite communist entryist movement infiltrating the Labour Party. At the time, I was a member of Prag, a ginger group in the Conservative and Unionist Party that essentially wanted to restore the Stuart Constitution under the House of Windsor (a goal I still support).
In a political discussion, I was expounding on my views when someone said, “You’re a fascist!” My friend, Ron, leapt to my defense, retorting, “If England is saved from fascism, it will be by men of Weismiller’s stripe.”
Of course, in the liberal, “progressive,” i.e. marxist, dominated milieu of political discourse today, anyone who does not accept the marxist position explicitly, or implicitly by acquiescence, is automatically a ‘”fascist.” I often joke, ironically, that “fascism” is any opinion the fashionable left disagrees with. “Fascist pig” became popular in the anti-Vietnam War movement and has remained popular on the left.
I’m sure that most of you have heard of Liechtenstein. Some may have even visited it. I have a special, personal interest in it, because for a time, I was the sworn subject of its Prince. In an article I wrote recently on my personal blog, I explained how that came about, and “realized that there is only one State in the world, still existing, that was a constituent part of the Holy Roman Empire, and that is still ruled by a monarch, i.e. Liechtenstein. The story of how Liechtenstein, as Liechtenstein, became a State of the Empire is fascinating in itself, and is the subject of a future article.” Welcome to that article, which they have asked to re-post on the Traditian Order, of which I am a member.