g.k.c. GREAT quote
The reason why modern armaments do not inflame the imagination like the arms and emblazonments of the Crusades is a reasonquite apart from optical ugliness or beauty. Some battleshipsare as beautiful as the sea; and many Norman nosepieces were as ugly as Norman noses. The atmospheric ugliness that surroundsour scientific war is an emanation from that evil panic which is at the heart of it. The charge of the Crusades was a charge; it was charging towards God, the wild consolation of the braver. The charge of the modern armaments is not a charge at all. It is a rout, a retreat, a flight from the devil, who will catch the hindmost. It is impossible to imagine a mediaeval knight talking of longer and longer French lances, with precisely the quivering employed about larger and larger German ships. -G.K.C.
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