The title to this post is a little misleading. If one really wants to talk about the “Golden Age” of Reconquest it is hard to beat the Reconquista’s final conclusion with Ferdinand and Isabella. However, the time of one of Spain’s greatest warrior kings is a close second. Continue reading “Alfonso I of Aragon: The Golden Age of Reconquest”
Today, May 16th, is the Feast of St. Brendan. This article is being written by a former US Navy sailor named Brendan, therefore, be prepared for a great deal of bias! In May of 2014 I had the great fortune of making a pilgrimage to Ardfert, Ireland (the site of one of Brendan’s great monasteries), and if you have not had the privilege to travel to County Kerry I highly recommend it. Here is a video of the sites in and around Ardfert (link). Continue reading “St. Brendan: the Seafaring Monk”
At the dawn of the 16th Century the Spanish Inquisition had existed for some time. However, after years of persecuting the Conversos the Inquisition underwent many reforms. These reforms allowed the Spanish Inquisition to guide the nation of Spain through the traumatic days of the Reformation.
The incredible difficulties that came out of the Protestant Reformation were mostly negated in Spain because the Inquisition enacted the Index of Prohibited Books and Authors. The Index helped Spain avoid the spilling of blood, both Catholic and Protestant, that the other nations in Europe experienced.
From our last video (link here) we saw the darker side of the Inquisition, however, in this video we get to see the life saving acts of the Spanish Inquisition. Hope you enjoy!
This episode of the Catholic History Podcast takes a look at the Glossa Ordinaria or the Ordinary Gloss. It is a Bible Commentary from the Middle Ages that is truly a lost treasure. This podcast deals with the attempt by a team at Franciscan University of Steubenville who are working on translating it to English as well as the amazing history behind the Gloss. We hope you will enjoy!
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Yesterday London experienced a heinous and barbaric attack, and we must pray for the victims and all those affected by terrorism. It may seem to some that the preservation of Western Civilization is a hopeless struggle. When it is not being attacked by external forces it is doing a bang up job of killing itself with moral relativism and abject debauchery. However, today I want to present the story of one of the great underdog victories in Christian vs Jihad history that we may take courage and remember who really is in charge.
The First Crusade ended in 1099 with incredible success and shocked the world. The fall of the Roman Empire left Western Europe as a third world continent, however, after calls for help from Constantinople these backwater nobodies mounted an invasion on a first world land with immeasurable resources, and they won. Miraculous is the only proper adjective. Continue reading “Christendom vs Jihad: Baldwin I and the First Battle of Ramleh”
In the mid-1000s the Christian kingdoms of Spain were in trouble, a trouble stemming from the seemingly perpetual problem of dynastic succession. In a world filled with democratically elected republics it is easy for us in the modern age to underestimate the sincere fear that accompanies the aging of a strong leader, however, for our Middle Ages ancestors the situation was only too familiar. Continue reading “El Cid: A Spanish Knight for the Ages”
There is no doubt some of the greatest folk music comes to us from the Emerald Isle, and one of my absolute favorite ballads is Boolavogue sung by Anthony Kearns (click here). This song tells how a local country priest started a rebellion in 1798 that shook England to its core, and it is a perfect story for St. Patrick’s Day. Continue reading “A Warrior Priest and the Irish Rebellion of ’98”
Yesterday, we discussed the invasion of the Saracen (Middle Ages word for Muslim army) into Southern Italy. Their armies had conquered all of the Christian lands from the Holy Land to Northwest Africa, and in 711 they advanced across the straits of Gibraltar invading southern Spain. Now, these specific Muslim armies are known to history as the Moors, confusing I know. Nevertheless, the differences in race and creed between these two bodies of invaders are negligible. Continue reading “The Dawn of Reconquest (Spain’s finest Hours): Covadonga”
Recently in the media there has been a great deal of talk about the Leonine Walls due to what some see as the hypocrisy on the part of the papacy, and I definitely do not want to cast judgments on either the President of the United States or the Vicar of Christ because frankly both are way above my pay-grade. However, I do want to seize this opportunity to discuss a fascinating tale while there may still be some interest out there over the advent of the Leonine Walls. Continue reading “The Leonine Walls- Make St. Peter Safe Again”
The Spanish Inquisition is one of the most misunderstood topics in Catholic history. Many people have heard of it and have a vague idea of what happened, however, there are many misconceptions about the Spanish Inquisition.
This video is part one on the Spanish Inquisition. It focuses on the nature of the Inquisition’s investigation into the group known as the “Conversos”. These were Catholic converts from Judaism, and there was quite a bit of hostility towards them from both the “old” Christians as well as the remaining Jews. Continue reading “The Spanish Inquisition: The Converso (Part 1)”