Yesterday was my 36th birthday. There was also some sort of "holiday" in France but I prefer to focus on sharing my birthday with the Duke of Bavaria (81) and the Crown Princess of Sweden (37). I had a delightful evening with four local monarchist friends at Medieval Times. Having lived in Dallas for six years now, I'd driven by that castle so many times and thought I should go (I went to the one in California with three other monarchist friends, including Charles Coulombe, almost eight years ago in 2006), but the right opportunity never came along until yesterday. Since we don't have real castles in America, we have to make do with fake ones; it was all good fun. (Shame the "Ozark Medieval Fortress" project in Arkansas stalled.) With its glorious pageant of feudal, hierarchical, & chivalric civilisation, Medieval Times should be commended for showing its audiences what's really worth celebrating on 14 July or any other day. Appropriately, our section's champion the Blue Knight was festooned with the fleur-de-lis of the French Monarchy.
I get tired of pedants pointing out, as they occasionally do, that
technically yesterday's disgusting "holiday" in France is supposed to
commemorate the events of 14 July 1790 (over which poor Louis XVI
presided) rather than those of 14 July 1789. It makes no difference.
Whatever its merits, the constitutional monarchy obviously did not
last, so there is nothing to celebrate. Nations that turn their backs on
their Kings do not deserve unity and do not deserve celebrations. The
only real France, the only source of everything beautiful in France, is
the Catholic and Royal France of the forty Kings who in a thousand years
made France. Everything else is an abomination deserving of nothing but
contempt. Only those who are ignorant, stupid, or evil celebrate the
diabolical French Revolution. Monarchy yesterday, Monarchy today,
Monarchy forever. A bas la république! VIVE LE ROI!!!
It's funny; I feel like when it comes to some historical topics such as the French Revolution or the Spanish Civil War, or some contemporary controversies such as the purported "ordination" of women, I'm more Catholic than most Catholics. More Catholic than the Pope, even. (Some would say that's not too hard at the moment.) It's when it comes to other historical topics such as Queen Elizabeth I and the British Monarchy, or Ireland, or the sublimity of Choral Evensong, that I'm not quite there.