Read by Christopher Lane
8 CDs $42.00
Available November 8th
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. Reviving a thousand-year tradition of chivalry, honor, and
heroism, The Compleat Gentleman provides the essential model for
Despite 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.
Miner’s gentleman stands out for his dignity, restraint, and
discernment. He rejects the notion that one way of behaving is as good
as another. He belongs to an aristocracy of virtue, not of wealth or
birth. Proposing neither a club nor a movement, Miner describes a lofty
code of manly conduct, which, far from threatening democracy, is
necessary for its survival.
Miner 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 “compleat gentleman.” 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
The Compleat Gentleman is filled with examples from the past and the
present of the man our increasingly uncivilized age demands.