Prince Edmund (Blackadder)

Prince Edmund (Blackadder)

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Prince Edmund (Blackadder)

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Prince Edmund Plantagenet, Duke of Edinburgh is a fictional character in the first series of the BBC sitcom Blackadder.

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Prince Edmund (1461-1498) is the son of King Richard IV of England (Brian Blessed) by his Queen Gertrude of Flanders (Elspet Gray). Gertrude was at the time of his conception having an affair with Donald MacAngus, 3rd Duke of Argyll. Which of the two men was his biological father is uncertain, although it seems that it was probably MacAngus. A slimy, amoral schemer, Edmund is a complete nonentity in the Royal Family to everybody except his mother and his brother. The King is utterly contemptuous of his son, frequently calling him by the wrong name and, more frequently, forgetting he even exists, in contrast to the affection in which he holds his eldest son, Prince Harry (Robert East). Edmund hatches a "cunning plan" in every episode to elevate himself to the throne over his brother; these plots invariably fail. He is assisted in his every scheme by his henchmen and only friends, Baldrick (Tony Robinson) and Lord Percy Percy (Tim McInnerny).

In contrast to later versions of the Blackadder character, the original Blackadder is portrayed as incompetent and slow-witted. He does, however, show many traits very similar to his later versions: his "cunning plans" are cunning but rarely work, he makes Baldrick do his dirty work, he despises Lord Percy, he is a schemer, he is creatively insulting, and, most noticeably, he is...
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