After the rival had been dealt with, Protag-Man moves forward to discuss boring matters with King Arthur. Meaning, grants.
“When the king traveled for change of air, or made progress, or visited a distant noble whom he wished to bankrupt with the cost of his keep, part of the administration moved with him” (192).
I like this because it is historically accurate and a nice bit of attention to details. It also manages to preface the oncoming critique of wealth concentration.
But most of the chapter is benign. Though there is a rousing nice condemnation of the aristocracy and the comparison of them to slaveholding, this is nothing we haven’t seen before. Delivered in a section ranting about Arthur’s legal decisions, it is a radical republican position in an age of racist democrats. Nothing unique to it, then.
After a long rant on the nature of democracy in relation to classes—again, nothing we haven’t seen before—Protag-Man pontificates upon how to form a better standing army. Essentially, his idea is to concentrate more power in his hands by forming a new system of military rank where the nobles are given free reign but lack control and where the commoners do the heavy lifting; it is more complex than this but the idea, I think, is to essentially distract the nobles by appealing to their egos while a more equitable Republic is gradually born. It seems audacious but whatever, little different from the other things we have seen.
Really, nothing much else happens in this chapter than that. It is long and drawn out but other than a bunch of gabbing about Arthur’s stubbornness, nothing much comes of it.
I guess this edition was less a “let’s read” and more a summary. Better luck next time!