Writers came to see these crusades as a way that was appointed to rescue Christians form persecution and invasion. In addition, history chronicles down these events that led to the various crusades as a way of dispossessing land that belonged to Christians. One other justification concerning the crusades involved fulfilling spiritual vows to go to a crusade. Well, any war can only be justified as the only last resort for defense when it is clearly demanded of God (When God speaks directly to an individual or people). Therefore, after the war there different opinions were propagated by writers as whether the crusades could be justified or not.
Typically, today in modern Judeo-Christian culture, one god determines the fate of human beings, yet in Danish culture there are no gods who are interested enough in the events of man enough to try to control their destiny (“Beowulf's Pagan and Christian Elements.”) In this epic, Beowulf includes several direct references to fate, which can also be known as Wyrd. An example would be “Wyrd often saves an undoomed hero as long as his courage is good,” which implies the fact that if a man’s courage holds out, he has a hope of winning through since Wyrd will often work to help such a man, as long as he is not doomed; conversely if a man is doomed then not even his courage can help him stand against ‘the course of events.’ (Wyrd: The Role of Fate) This can be seen during the fight with Grendel, when it was said “But fate, that night, intended Grendel to gnaw the broken bones of his last human supper,” meaning that no matter what Beowulf did, he was meant to beat Grendel. Also, when fighting the dragon, he exclaims “I will stand, not run from his shooting flames, stand till fate decides which of us wins,” which demonstrates Beowulf’s courage, but like stated before, even with courage, if someone is doomed, then there’s nothing that can be done. These examples show that the Anglo-Saxon understanding of fate is not all too different from our modern understanding, but most importantly, it displays the
Therefore, causing great concern that the prince would become a threat to his people by not following the moral beliefs of a Christian and following Machiavelli’s unethical theory. Hundreds of years after the banning, not much had changed. Men still believed and acted as they pleased. Rulers followed the ways that Machiavelli mentioned in The Prince, making the banning hypocritical to the way that good Christian rulers would have attained
In a poem known as the Essay on Man, it claims, “Know then thyself, presume not God to scan, The proper study of mankind is Man.” This means that man should not bother to know God, but to know himself. The reason given for this belief is that man cannot know God so it is not profitable to gain knowledge of Him. Catholics also believe that man cannot know God but they go on to say that God reveals himself to us so that we can learn about Him. According to the Catholic Church, “It pleased God, in his goodness and wisdom, to reveal himself and to make known the mystery of his will.” Catholics also believe that Man’s purpose is to know, love and serve God saying, “God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life. For this reason, at every time and in every place, God draws close to man.
Both Beowulf and Redcrosse Knight epitomize the ideal saint in two separate periods, The Middle Age and The Early Modern Period. The tale of Beowulf demonstrates the impact of the spread of Christianity in the early Danish paganistic culture that values courageous deeds and boldness most importantly else. Beowulf's bravery is investigated in three separate clashes, those with Grendel, Grendel's mom, and the ocean creature. Redcrosse Knight, the hero of "The Faerie Queen," remains for the ethicalness of Holiness however he is the individual Christian battling against malevolence. Quite a bit of Beowulf is committed to verbalizing and showing the gallant code, which values quality, boldness, and devotion in fighters, neighborliness, liberality, political ability, and great notoriety in all individuals.
In the Roman Empire, Christianity started out being a very minuscule religion. However, as Christianity grew, it formed into a significant threat to Roman politics. Before Christianity, the Roman Empire was extremely diverse and they believed the emperor
Beowulf is confident enough in his abilities that he believes he can fight off Grendel with no weapons or armor. I believe Beowulf, in the time of this writing was truly seen as a hero. But in this day, I do not believe he is seen as a hero. Heroes today are seen as those who do things not for themselves and for the recognition, but to protect others. They do not brag about the abilities they have, they do not boast about their strength.
However, Sir Launcelot is not the only sense of moral courage in this story. In “The Tale of Sir Launcelot du Lake”, the setting and its tone are two of the many literary elements that develops the theme of moral courage. Sir Launcelot’s tale takes place in a medieval setting, which was complete with loyal knights at the time who were devoted to do nothing more than help and serve their kings such as King Arthur for example. The amount of loyal knights including Sir Launcelot that are depicted in the setting shows plenty of moral courage. In a quote that appears before the tale begins, it describes the loyalty of King Arthur’s knights and how Sir Launcelot du Lake was one of the most loyal by saying, “Of all the knights one was supreme.” (P. 652) Since the medieval setting is the one of the reasons why knights are characterized and existing in this tale, it
This "state of grace" is brought about through the work of Beowulf, who delivers the Danes from evil. To be sure, hero-worship is a fundamental part of the Germanic heroic tradition, but the infusion of religion and moralistic language edges this element of the story toward the messiah-worship of Christianity. This explicitly religious form of hero-worship begins with King Hrothgar's reception of Beowulf "Now Holy God has, in His goodness, guided him here...to defend us from Grendel,"