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

Food Fit For A King… Literally

by Council Nedd II

Friday I had the opportunity to visit my favorite royals.  Yes, I do know more than one royal family, but these royals are my favorites.

Writing this, I’m not totally sure what I am permitted to say and what I am not permitted to say. Regardless, what occasioned this visit was a going away party.  There were about 20 people there plus the television crew. I wanted to be mindful of the unstated rules of no Facebooking and no Tweeting.  However, the food looked and tasted great.  Her Royal Highness told the people standing in the immediate area that I am a foodie and food blogger.

Her Highness then said those words I wanted to hear, “Your Grace, aren’t you going to take any pictures of the food?”.

“Am I allowed to?”

“Of course you are.”

“Well you don’t have to tell me twice.”

With Her Royal Highness’s permission, but still a bit self conscious I did take a few pictures.

The very first thing I tasted was some fresh strawberries with violet whipped cream. I was told how it was made, but I simply don’t remember right now. However, the whipped cream was somehow infused with an extract from fresh violets.

A delicious chicken cacciatore was the main course and was made by the consort of a wonderful countess, who is simply one of the coolest, most elegant and most intense people I know.

I have never been a big fan of sweet jams served on/with cheeses or cured meats.  It’s probably more accurate for me to say that putting the two together never occurs to me. However, that’s changed.

While at the party I had this great assemblage of a water cracker with salami, Celebrity brand goat’s milk cheese with Stonewall Kitchen fig & walnut butter. My food horizons have officially been expanded…

… And I am looking forward to the welcome home party.