During the past week I have been on vacation with my parents, my sisters and their families. Part of the vacation included going out to a dinner entertainment called Medieval Times.
When I arrived they gave me a crown to wear, addressed me as "M'Lord" and asked me to pose for a photo. So I went along with the program, wondering what possible use they might make of a photo of me in a hokey cardboard crown. Little did I know what they were going to do through the magic of editing a digital image.
The entertainment during dinner was a drama in an arena, acting out a medieval tournament to resolve a conflict in an 11th century kingdom. Without giving away too many spoilers for the story, it was one about chivalry, valor, betrayal, and the victory of good over evil. Our party and others in our section were supposed to cheer for the Black and White Knight, a serious, unsmiling fellow, competent as a knight, said to have been a priest. One of the six knights who had a cheering section was the secret love of the princess. The Green Knight was scripted to be unliked as a foreign mercenary and barbarian, but he performed throughout the tournament with charming energy and style.
I found it hard to follow the dialogue, but the story was simple enough. The horseriding was impressive and the swordplay was dramatic. The dinner was good basic food - chicken and ribs and half a potato - all served without silverware that had not been invented in the 11th century.
At the risk of inviting comments about my "dark side", and without further ado, here is the portrait promised in the title of this blog entry: