History of the CN Archive!
Once upon a time, not long ago, an idea was born.
It was not radical. It was quite simple and made perfect sense.
It claimed that the world would greatly benefit if people more actively adopted reason and virtue, and make that our personal and cultural goal. It was not unlike the rationale behind the Age of Enlightenment that placed the betterment of humanity in the forefront. What made it different is that it provided a code of behavior related to an even earlier age. It was called the 12 Trusts.
The idea drew similarities with the code of medieval chivalry, only updated for modern times. It adopted the name of “Chivalry-Now” (also known as CN). It also included moral lessons learned since the Age of Chivalry to modern times, buttressed by intellectual and cultural thought dating back to ancient Greece. For example, it included the clarity of thought derived from Stoic and Epicurean philosophies, and the emphasis on personal responsibility articulated by modern Existentialism. Indeed, it embraced the search for truth gleaned from all ages, including psychology and all the sciences, and from insights from other cultures and religions as well.
To appeal to and unite as many people as possible, it focused on moral principles rather than limiting itself to religious beliefs.
In 2006, a handful of articles were posted on a dedicated website that eventually included the 12 Trusts. It gradually drew the attention of interested people. One of them set up an Open Forum in which to communicate. As more people from around the world joined-in, friendships were formed, and quality, in-depth topics were discussed. Looking for a group identity that would not be construed as an “order” (which would be contrary to their focus on human freedom), the International Fellowship of Chivalry-Now (IFCN) was formed. It consisted of three levels of membership. The first was a Council of Knights, people well-versed in the meaning and concepts of CN, who passed a process called the Path to Knighthood. They managed the fellowship. The second level consisted of Companions, invited members who were knowledgeable about CN, but had not taken the Path to Knighthood. The third level consisted of all members of the Open Forum.
A hidden section of the website was added for Knights and Companions, which included special articles and guidebooks. The foundation of CN was broadened by the introduction of the Chivalry-Now Concepts, ideas from the past, nearly lost, that helped shaped the very best of western civilization.
Two books were published: Chivalry-Now, the Code of Male Ethics, which focused on the 12 Trusts, and The Deeper Quest, which defined the CN Concepts and served as a guidebook for those wishing to become Knights.
As media technology changed, open forums were slowly becoming obsolete. And then a terrible thing happened. The CN Open Forum disappeared from the Internet. Administrators tried to recover it, but the company who hosted it was gone.
That great loss signaled the death-knell of the fellowship. Although Facebook pages quickly took its place, little came of it. Members drifted away, including Knights. The CN website became little more than an archival resource, which it remains.
The purpose of this online archive is the hope that the right person or persons will eventually find it when people are ready for change and bring Chivalry-Now back to life in a more meaningful way.
Articles may be added as time goes on. This is no reason to conclude that the IFCN still exists.
come from the shadows as advocates of light to replace what
was lost, fix what was broken, and renew a pervasive conscience
long considered dead."
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of the 12 Trusts, the foundation of Chivalry-Now
For aspiring Knights
chivalry from a Christian perspective, by Rick Kasparek
Radio Interview - NEW!!!
with founder Dean Jacques, 09-08-2016
by Charlie Chaplin,
capturing the essence
of 12 the Trusts
of the 12 Trusts
Official Armorial Design
Back What was Lost"