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    06-17-2024, 02:10 PM
    Luciano Anastasi published a review of Missing Monarchy on Medieval History. “Through a meticulously argued discourse, Smith challenges the prevailing misconceptions and romanticized visions of democracy that dominate contemporary American thought..."Missing Monarchy" is both scholarly and provocative, filled with extensive references to historical sources and modern analyses. Smith's arguments are well-researched and compellingly presented, making the book a significant contribution to political and historical discourse...It is a thoughtful, well-argued, and timely critique of democracy through the lens of historical monarchy, providing a fresh perspective on what governance could look like if informed by the past. The book is recommended for those interested in political theory, history, and critiques of modern governance systems.” https://historymedieval.com/missing-monarchy/
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    06-12-2024, 02:41 PM
    You misunderstanding is in the assumption of the question you ask! We can talk next article. I think you are busy now anyways with others, no need to extra burden you my friend and brother in Christ! Thank you for your Ernest opinions and that you stick by them.
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    06-11-2024, 07:16 PM
    Amen
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    06-11-2024, 04:16 PM
    I think the moment has caught up a bit to you. Lets relax and come back to this on my next thread. There are multiple things you have misunderstood about me and historical subjects that tells me now is not a great time for discussion. I think the next article will provide us a better jumping off point to have a fruitful discussion anyways. By the way, it is perfectly normal and it happens to us all. We are human! When we are emotionally attached to a political, religious etc issue we tend to react in a certain manner, not always ideal. https://www.amazon.com/Collective-Illusions-Conformity-Complicity-Decisions/dp/0306925699/ref=asc_df_0306925699/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=693033695478&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=17579652174329223096&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9002975&hvtargid=pla-1721280594704&psc=1&mcid=279ce6f0da46304ab333552c60971b37&gad_source=1 https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/democracy-for-realists-why-elections-do-not-produce-responsive-government_larry-m-bartels_christopher-h-achen/13494827/item/30745242/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=pmax_high_vol_scarce_%2410_%2450&utm_adgroup=&utm_term=&utm_content=&gad_source=1&gclid=CjwKCAjw65-zBhBkEiwAjrqRMAE0DGaAgA-6uRvwrkkjCN3ICUjOpeVwAQwJNUhYIIcCynFJ2I-9KxoCFq4QAvD_BwE#idiq=30745242&edition=13642422 https://www.amazon.com/Myth-Rational-Voter-Democracies-Policies/dp/0691138737
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    06-11-2024, 04:01 PM
    Great post. All I was saying was that I was focusing on history, not the claim that Rome was the head of the Church. I am on your side regarding that issue. But focusing on history, I would argue (and quote secular historians and give first-hand examples in my book Missing Monarchy) that many Popes and bishops resisted the kings and died for it. Over and again, they told them what they did not want to hear, limiting their power, influence, and ability to become tyrants. The Medieval Catholic Church (I also argue that it was not its modern form, nor was it the one Luther protested against) kept Liberty alive and prevented kings from becoming monarchs. It was only after its influence began to decay during the schism and 14th century that kings became true sovereigns and Monarchs, thus leading to tyranny.
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    06-11-2024, 03:52 PM
    Please bring this up on my next article. I think it will address it and if you disagree, please ignite the circumstance. My focus on this article is on the Middle Ages, 700-1300 A.D.
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    06-11-2024, 03:37 PM
    Agreed.
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    06-11-2024, 03:35 PM
    Then I think your posts stems from a misunderstanding of the Inquisitions, they never killed anyone for merely holding the wrong religious views!
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    06-11-2024, 03:30 PM
    Thank you for your perspective my brother in Christ! As I said before, due to time I need to limit what I engage in, just know that entire books have been written that would disagree with you as would the majority of protestant through history! But I think you carry Misconceptions of the historical nature as well and my next article will address those. And no, no one has said a Christian should kill someone, but the governance does have the ability to render Biblical justice. Not everything American is automatically good, just see where we are today! America was flawed from its origins that inevitably led to where we are today.
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    06-11-2024, 03:25 PM
    I also LOVE the Kingdom of Jerusalem as well. It was one of my favorite kingdoms ever! Very libertarian!
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    06-11-2024, 01:32 PM
    I don't disagree with your general stance; I am just saying that the Church of Rome and its leaders were far more the loving maryter than you think and less the bloodthirsty conquerors. For example, it was against canon law to convert by force and was condemned time again by popes, bishops etc And there is not a Catholic alive (including Medieval saints) that would claim to be perfect or that no leader of the Church was. They view the Church as the OT Isreal. God's chosen but fallible.
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    06-11-2024, 01:16 PM
    No doubt there were a few, but spanning hundreds of realms, bishoprics, dukedoms etc the exception should not be the rule. I seek to cover the period from about 700 to 1300 A.D. The 14th century is the time that I view as changing Europe from libertarian kingship to absolutist monarchies. Merchants played only one aspect of society's transformation during that period.
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    06-09-2024, 07:55 PM
    I appreciate your goal! Thank you for adding that perspective. Due to time, I must limit myself to historical matters, but I wanted to let you know you might have a screwed view of the Catholic viewpoint on this and some historical inaccuracies as well. My next article will address some of them, and I hope to receive your feedback. And know that some protestants would dispute your views as well. The winner writes the history, and both Catholics and protestants have been misleading about each other theologically especially. Judgment, the death penalty is of God, etc. all good stuff, sir, very good. Church of Rome. I have read much history, which has helped me understand the history that the winner writes! No matter the subject, the country, etc, history is distorted; I believe you have caught the bug as I once had.
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    06-09-2024, 07:02 PM
    I am perhaps in the minority, and I think that is because I focus on specific aspects, but I cannot help but see the 14th century as the major rupture and transformative century in the West after the BC/AD divide. I do not so much split the Middle Ages into "early," "late," etc., but medieval and early modern. One divide.
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    06-08-2024, 10:10 AM
    Ok read it, I thought it was very good and informative. I am sure I will link to it in the future! Thanks.
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    06-08-2024, 10:07 AM
    Hi Clayton, thanks for your thoughts. I'm not sure if they were directed at my OP or the article linked above. I am not saying I agree with the Inquisitions; I am just trying to correct falshoods about them! Are you saying that the death penalty is necessarily "evil"? God endorsed it for many reasons in the OT, and Jesus will do a bit of it himself when he returns; are you saying they are evil for doing so? I argue that, due to our fallen world, war and the death penalty within its proper context are actually the domain of those who love peace. I would say this is the view of the Inquisitors as well. However, I think you carry a few slight misconceptions; my next article will address those. If you are interested, watch this forum as I will post it here.
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    06-08-2024, 05:17 AM
    Thank you, I have not read it, just began, seems like it will be a great article and I will get back to you when I have finished reading it. As for the Middle Ages, In my book, I mention the many reasons why I think the 14th century is the major divide. I can share those with you if you like. To me, the Middle Ages is 700-1300
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    06-07-2024, 01:47 PM
    This is the first in a series of articles I wrote on the Inquisitions. Among the modern misconceptions about the Middle Ages, our ideas about the Inquisitions are perhaps the furthest from historical reality. https://www.historyisnowmagazine.com/blog/2024/6/4/just-what-were-the-inquisitions-of-the-middle-ages-part-1-introduction
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    06-07-2024, 10:47 AM
    Treebeard replied to a thread Feudalism in History
    Thank you for the feedback. I think mounted can be good for both! I have heard of the info you mention in the book about the industrial revolution that occurred, I would need to look into this more but I do not dispute that this also played (whatever role it did) in the transformation of the serf. The plague played a role as well (as did other occurrences that I mention in my book) but you can only cover so much in a short article! I have always desired to contrast Feudal Japan with Europe, as I admire them both! But finding good sources has been difficult, it is still a desire of mine.
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    06-07-2024, 10:40 AM
    My most recent article shows that documents like the Magna Carta, the Bill of Rights, and representative governments were not advances in liberty but signs of decay. Representation and Written Constitutions: The Origins of Freedom? https://historymedieval.com/representat ... f-freedom/
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    06-06-2024, 06:58 AM
    Treebeard started a thread Feudalism in History
    I published my first article (a short bit on feudalism) for historymedieval.com Feudalism: Origins and Life under Lords https://historymedieval.com/feudalism-o ... der-lords/
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    06-04-2024, 01:07 PM
    In an article Published in History Is Now Magazine I begin to explain the vital differences between a Medieval king, and a monarch. https://www.historyisnowmagazine.com/blog/2024/5/25/how-did-medieval-european-kings-differ-from-later-monarchs-and-roman-emperors
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    05-30-2024, 09:53 AM
    Luciano Anastasi published a review of Missing Monarchy on Medieval History. “Through a meticulously argued discourse, Smith challenges the prevailing misconceptions and romanticized visions of democracy that dominate contemporary American thought..."Missing Monarchy" is both scholarly and provocative, filled with extensive references to historical sources and modern analyses. Smith's arguments are well-researched and compellingly presented, making the book a significant contribution to political and historical discourse...It is a thoughtful, well-argued, and timely critique of democracy through the lens of historical monarchy, providing a fresh perspective on what governance could look like if informed by the past. The book is recommended for those interested in political theory, history, and critiques of modern governance systems.” https://historymedieval.com/missing-monarchy/ by-jeb-smith/
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    05-29-2024, 10:15 AM
    As the author, I am 100% biased, but I would love to hear what people think about the idea of my book (or the book itself) if they purchase it or read it FREE on Kindle. The book is an overall defense of the Middle Ages, focusing on its political systems (Kingship) while critiquing modernity and democracy. Missing Monarchy: What Americans Get Wrong About Monarchy, Democracy, Feudalism, And Liberty https://www.amazon.com/Missing-Monarchy-Americans-Democracy-Feudalism/dp/B0D488LGMG/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2PG17TP1S0S1Y&dib=eyJ2IjoiMSJ9.-N6QnAZthn73onYlo9CQJGQaKAwgMHMNRC5SMPG8PY2gd_uGsXK
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Jeb Smith is the author of four books to date, the most recent being Missing Monarchy: Correcting Misconceptions About The Middle Ages, Medieval Kingship, Democracy, And Liberty. Before that, he authored Defending Dixie's Land: What Every American Should Know About The South And The Civil War, written under the name Isaac C. Bishop. Smith has authored multiple articles on various blogs and websites, including History is Now Magazine and Medieval History.

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