My 10 Favorite Royals in Film and Fiction

by Council Nedd II

Last week I posted a piece on my favorite knights in film and fiction. This week I thought I would continue with this particular theme and post a piece on my favorite royals.

11.  Marie Antoinette portrayed by Kirsten Dunst. How would you have behaved at Versailles? Kirsten%20Dunst%20som%20og%20i%20Marie%20Antoinette



10. Eva-Green-as-Sibylla-in-Kingdom-of-Heaven-47Queen Sibylla portrayed by Eva Green in the Kingdom of Heaven was brilliant and beautiful.
9. Sean Connery as King Arthur in First Knight. Great performance by Sean Connery. Please not that Richard Gere did not make the cut last week. sean connery




8. jonathan-rhys-meyers-tudors-13Henry VIII played by Jonathan Rhys Myers in The Tudors. He may have been horrified that the show lasted as long as it did, but it was still enjoyable to watch, right to the end.


7. Prince Akeem in Coming to America and played by Eddie Murphy. “Oh sir, the Giants of New York took on the Packers of Green Bay. And in the end, the Giants triumphed by kicking an oblong ball made of pigskin through a big “H”. It was a most ripping victory.”eddie murphy


6. Daenerys-targaryen-emilia-clarkeDaenerys Targaryen played by Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones — Res ipsa loquitur.


5. Prince Oberyn Martell played by Pedro Pascal in Game of Thrones probably would have ranked higher if he didn’t get killed off so Oberyn_Martell_HBOquickly… and in such a grotesque manner.


4. Jason-in-In-the-Name-of-the-King-A-Dungeon-Siege-Tale-jason-statham-18491021-853-480Farmer played by Jason Statham in Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale. Great film. Not sure what I was thinking when I forgot to include Brian white as Commander Tarish in the list of my favorite knights.


3.  Sean Connery in an uncredited roll as King Richard in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. sean connery en robin hood


2. travis-fimmel-ο-ragnar-lothbrock-ths-seiras-vikings-savoir-ville Ragnar Lothbrok in Vikings. Travis Fimmel plays a Viking farmer and warrior who yearns to explore. Ragnar’s fates were changed and he found himself elevated to king.

  1. King Baldwin IV played by Edward Norton in Kingdom of Heaven. Didn’t recognize him? That’s because he was wearing a mask the entire time. While not necessarily historically accurate, Ridley Scott’s does capture the spirit and spectacle of the Crusades. Edward Norton’s portrayal of Baldwin IV of Jerusalem was enthralling and well finessed. Kingdom Of Heaven - Edward Norton

9 Things an Aspiring Gentleman Can Learn from Kingsman: The Secret Service

by Council Nedd II

While flying from Bucharest back to the United States I finally watched a film I had long been planning to see, “Kingsman: The Secret Service”.  I was initially attracted to the idea of a slightly farcical James Bond type film.  However, not long into the movie I realized that, behind the plans to destroy the world, people who fight with super human skills and Samuel L. Jackson playing a genius with an annoying lisp, there were some attributes and pearls of wisdom worthy of sharing.

In this satire, are a lot of salient points about what it means to be a gentleman.  Fortunately, none of these things are outside of the reach of anyone who wants to be a gentleman, or simply, better version of himself.  Here are nine lessons from the film that I’m passing on to you:

1. Being a gentleman is about being at ease in one’s own skin.

2. The suit is the armor of the modern gentleman.

3. Dress for the job you want; not for the job you have.

4. The lack of a silver spoon may have set you on a certain path, but you need not stay on it. Being a gentleman is something that one learns. I know lots of rich men from wealthy and good families. I don’t know nearly has many gentlemen.

5. A man always expresses his own style, or lack thereof, but doing it with class and carrying it out with dignity is gentlemanly. These characteristics can been seen even in the disparate characters played by Colin Firth, Taron Egerton and Samuel Jackson.

6. Too often women end up with men who are well below their station in life — Don’t Be That Guy!

7. “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man. True nobility is being superior to your former self.”  Ernest Hemingway said this. It was true when he said. It was true in the movie and is still applicable today.

8. Treat all women with respect and defend the honor of women — especially your mother.  I find it was providential that I watched this film on Mother’s Day; and lastly

9. It’s incredibly in difficult these days for kids to learn manners, because they so seldom see them. Try to be a model of decent manners.