“Here is a welcome reminder that men can be gentlemen without turning into ladies—or louts.”—Michelle Malkin
"Miner writes with wit and charm."—Wall Street Journal
The Gentleman: An Endangered Species?
The catalog of masculine sins grows by the day—mansplaining, manspreading, toxic masculinity—reflecting our confusion over what it means to be a man. Is a man’s only choice between the brutish, rutting #MeToo lout and the gelded imitation woman, endlessly sensitive and fun to go shopping with?
No. Brad Miner invites you to discover the oldest and best model of manhood— the gentleman. In this tour de force of popular history and gentlemanly persuasion, Miner lays out the thousand-year history of this forgotten ideal and makes a compelling case for its modern revival.
Three masculine archetypes emerge here—the warrior, the lover, and the monk—forming the character of “the compleat gentleman.” He cultivates a martial spirit in defense of the true and the beautiful. He treats the opposite sex with passionate respect. And he values learning in pursuit of the truth.
Miner’s gentleman stands out for the combination of discretion, decorum, and nonchalance that the Renaissance called sprezzatura. He belongs to an aristocracy of virtue, not of wealth or birth, following a lofty code of manly conduct, which, far from threatening democracy, is necessary for its survival.
BRAD MINER is the senior editor of The Catholic Thing, the daily blog of the Faith & Reason Institute. Former literary editor of National Review and the author of six books, he lives with his wife, Sydny, in Westchester County, New York.