Bloody Good: Chivalry, Sacrifice and the Great War (Hardback)Allen J. Frantzen (author)
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Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Number of pages: 360
Weight: 624 g
Dimensions: 237 x 164 x 27 mm
Edition: 2nd ed.
--Joshua Sanborn "Journal of Modern History ""
"In his ambitious and far-ranging study, Bloody Good, Allen Frantzen seeks to explore the 'enduring power of chivalry to symbolize both prowess and principle in warfare' by examining the links between its origins in the Middle Ages and its continued expressions during the First World War. . . . Frantzen concludes that the myth of self-sacrifice was expropriated to serve the interests of the state to be sure, but that chivalric behavior--based on Christian concepts of love and self-sacrifice for others--also constituted an essential aspect of the mentality of most combatants. . . . This study is unique in its scope and offers many valuable insights. As such, it makes an important contribution to our understanding of the enduring myths and symbols of Western Culture and how they are reified and continually resurrected to fit new concepts. In this regard, Bloody Good represents a significant achievement."--Joe Lunn "Journal of Military History "
"Frantzen reached down to feel the vibrations of one of the bass strings of European civilization, where Christianity, manhood, violence, and vengeance meet. His exploration of that tone is both deep and revealing."
--Joshua Sanborn "Journal of Modern History "
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