Code of the Samurai – Bushido: The Soul of Japan by Nitobe Inazō

Every now and again, I dip my toes into the deep-running waters of the East, and I am reminded at every turn just how clear those waters are compared to some of the murk and sludge I experience around me.  As clear as the waters are, I'm also struck by how heavily-perfumed the atmosphere is.  The … Continue reading Code of the Samurai – Bushido: The Soul of Japan by Nitobe Inazō

The Book of Chivalry of Geoffroi de Charny: Text, Context, and Translation by Richard W. Kaeuper and Elspeth Kennedy

This is one I revisit from time to time because it sets a standard for me. The Company of the Star was a short-lived order of knights created in 1352 by Jean (or John) II of France, meant to rival the English Order of the Garter.  Geoffroi de Charney was one of the top knights … Continue reading The Book of Chivalry of Geoffroi de Charny: Text, Context, and Translation by Richard W. Kaeuper and Elspeth Kennedy

The Book of the Order of Chivalry by Ramon Llull, Translated by Noel Fallows

Believed to have been written between 1274 and 1276, this book is one of the earliest writings of Ramon Llull and represents a manifesto that evolved from his own experiences.  Llull was, in his youth, a carefree knight, seneschal, and courtier in the Spanish court of James I the Conqueror, King of Aragon.  According to … Continue reading The Book of the Order of Chivalry by Ramon Llull, Translated by Noel Fallows