Rethinking Rule: Could Medieval Monarchy Be Better?

Written by on 20th June 2024

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🌟 Is Democracy Overrated?

Asks Jeb Smith

Jeb Smith is the author of four books to date, the most recent being Missing Monarchy: Correcting Misconceptions About The Middle Ages, Medieval Kingship, Democracy, And Liberty. Before that, he wrote and published Middle-earth Lore: Tolkien’s Legends Revealed and another book on J.R.R. Tolkien’s works, and also authored Defending Dixie’s Land: What Every American Should Know About The South And The Civil War, written under the name Isaac C. Bishop. Smith has authored multiple articles on various blogs and websites, including History is Now Magazine and Medieval History.

Geoff Carter from the flagship UK Talk radio breakfast show reviews

Tempting Revelations Await: “Missing Monarchy: Correcting Misconceptions About The Middle Ages, Medieval Kingship, Democracy, And Liberty” by Jeb J Smith (Author), Lloyd R. Hedberg Jr. (Editor)


**Explore the Shadows of Forgotten Governance**


What surfaces in your mind’s eye at the mention of democracy? The sentiment of liberation as opposed to the grim spectre of despotism under medieval rule, perhaps? Prepare to have your perceptions dismantled as Jeb Smith’s “Missing Monarchy” delivers a formidable historical discourse, challenging the sanctity of modern democracy and proposing that it may, in fact, pale in comparison to the monarchies of yore.


**A Journey Through the Annals of Power**


Jeb Smith’s seminal volume illuminates the Medieval epoch, shedding light on the veritable intricacies of kingship and governance. Delving into the annals of history, he presents a compelling case that the Medieval societal structures, often misconstrued as oppressive, were instead robust forms of decentralized aristocracy where power was not monopolized but distributed among sovereign lords. This, Smith argues, is in stark contrast to the purportedly authoritarian regime veiled within the democratic fabric of contemporary America.



**Unveiling the Facade of Liberty**


Have you ever pondered the authenticity of our democratic freedom? Through his meticulous exploration, Smith prompts a critical revaluation of what it means to wield power in a democratic society. He posits that the illusion of self-governance in modern democracy is just that—an illusion. In contrast, the Middle Ages showcased a more transparent, albeit stringent, societal order where governance was an explicit reality.


**Reassessing Freedom in the ‘Land of the Free’**


Jeb’s narrative extends beyond mere historical analysis to a poignant critique of modern governance. He draws disconcerting parallels between medieval feudalism and contemporary political structures, suggesting that today’s ‘land of the free’ might actually operate under more restrictive conditions than those of its medieval counterparts.


**The Allure of Autocracy: Might You Long for a Crown?**


It’s a provocative inquiry: could the sovereignty once experienced under monarchic rule offer more genuine liberty than the democratic systems we champion today? Smith’s investigation into this query might just leave you yearning for the days of crowns and courts.


“Missing Monarchy” emerges not merely as a historical examination but as a profound challenge to our understanding of freedom, governance, and the very essence of democracy itself. This book beckons to those daring enough to question the foundation of their beliefs and discover that perhaps, in the echoes of history, lies a truth far more liberating than previously imagined


Missing Monarchy on Amazon 

Missing Monarchy: Correcting Misconceptions About The Middle Ages, Medieval Kingship, Democracy, And Liberty

When you think of democracy, what comes to mind? Comparing democracy to monarchy, are you thankful to be living free rather than suffering oppression under a medieval tyrant? What if you could be evidently shown that the democracy you hold so dear is not only less ideal than you’ve been taught, but is actually inferior to the kingdoms of the Middle Ages?

Get ready for a real history lesson you won’t soon forget. In Jeb Smith’s latest work Missing Monarchy, he uncovers eye-opening facts about the Medieval period, kingship, democracy, and more. When you learn how societies of our past addressed their governmental needs, you may begin to perceive that our current system isn’t the utopia it is commonly portrayed as. And as you come to understand how power is wielded under our democracy, you just might start missing monarchy too.


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