Throughout the ages men of flair, faculty and outstanding courage have contributed to England's heritage. Others, like the snivelling worm Edmund, Duke of Edinburgh (alias The Black Adder), have emerged from the dust of dodgy documents to claim their wrongful place in history.
England 1558-1603. The filthy genes of the Blackadder dynasty bubble back to the surface of the melting pot of history as Lord Edmund, arrogant peer-about-town, swaggers back with a big head and small beard in search of grace and favour from stark raving mad Queen Bess.
In The Cavalier Years, it's November 1648 and King Charles I is in hiding from Cromwell and the Roundheads. Only two men stay loyal to the Monarch: one, Sir Edmund Blackadder; the other, the unfortunate descendant of a meeting between a pig and a bearded lady. History has forgotten his name.
In Blackadder's Christmas Carol, we visit Ebeneezer Blackadder, the nicest man in England - but perhaps not for much longer...