From the "Making NBS Seem Mainstream" Department
July 16, 2007 09:26 PM
Last week I introduced you all to someone who is even more conservative than I, this week, I give you someone more snobby. Do check out the writings of one Rafal Heydel-Mankoo, and his blog, Reflections of a Young Fogey. Mr. Heydel-Mankoo is an historian, honours consultant, protocol and etiquette consultant, and a royal and political commentator. He is also the editor of Burke's Peerage & Gentry, and the grandson of Polish aristocrats Baron Adam Heydel and HSH Princess Karolina-Katarzyna Jablonowska.
He also appears to be about 30, thus making him rather young to have devoted a career to monitoring other people's breeding. I'm a Colonial Warrior, but I don't try to make a living off of it. It would be fun to have him at a Warrior's event, though--mostly because he's significantly under the average age of 70, and also because he probably doesn't approve of Colonials Who Are Warriors. A monarchist could really stir things up. One gets the sense from reading his blog that he is definitely peeved we won the Revolutionary War.
Here's a sample:
Monarchists, traditionalists and historians gathered en masse yesterday evening in the dignified surroundings of London's Travellers Club library to honour the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660; thus marking the end of 11 years of hated, puritanical republican dictatorship. The Royal Stuart Society organises this splendid annual dinner on or around Oak Apple Day, May 29th, King Charles II's birthday and the date of his triumphal entry into London.
He then goes into a lengthy discussion of The Royal Stuart Society, and its aims:
The Society gladly recognises that those who form its membership are likely to have a varied range of particular interests. For some it will primarily be support for the institution of monarchy and the upholding of monarchical institutions against attack from their opponents. This support may favour, for instance, the legitimist stance based on hereditary principles and exemplified in the Jacobite movement and tradition after 1688. Adherents of this position will look with favour on the senior and direct hereditary heirs of the Royal House of Stuart although as our page on ‘Succession’ makes clear, none of those heirs has claimed any or all of the thrones of the British Isles since 1807. Other members of the Society will support or find acceptable the ‘parliamentary’ monarchy created by the Act of Settlement (1701) and now embodied in the reigning House of Windsor. For all there will be a consensus based on the desirability of having a monarchy rather than a republic. Closely linked with support for monarchy, members are likely to favour organised society in these islands being of a Christian, civilized and traditionalist nature. In a more general way they will favour co-operation with other credible monarchist bodies such as the International Monarchist League to support monarchical forms of government worldwide.
The Colonial Warriors have a rather different charter, but we do allow membership to descendants of those who fought for the Crown. So we'd welcome members of The Royal Stuart Society to join our "hated, puritanical republican" brood. Apparently, though, the feeling is not mutual.
But I do have something that Mr. Heydel-Mankoo and I surely do agree on. True story: A few years ago, I was in the Henry VII Lady Chapel at Westminster Abbey, near the stone that reads "The Burial Place of Oliver Cromwell 1658-1661." And hand to God, this obese tourist woman who was standing next to me exclaimed:
"Awwwwwwwww. He only lived to be three years old!"
If we hadn't been in a Church, I would have just unloaded on that woman. I'm trying to take in the surroundings, and then there's this idiot. If you are that stupid, you need to keep your mouth shut. Those were the years that he was interred her, you fool. Oliver Cromwell was not a baby. He was a brutal dictator who got dug up, hanged, and decapitated after the Restoration of the Monarchy. Not a baby.
Anyway, I'd like to think Mr. Heydel-Mankoo and I would share a common disdain for stupid people. And both of us would probably would like this photo:
It's the Henry VII Lady Chapel at Westminster Abbey, sans fat, ignorant tourists.