The Black Adder (1982–1983)
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The Queen of Spain's Beard 

To dominate Northern Europe, King Richard arranges a marriage between his son Edmund and the Spanish Infanta.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs. Applebottom
John Rapley ...
Rev. Lloyd
Howard Lew Lewis ...
Mr. Applebottom
Stephen Tate ...
Kenn Wells ...
1st Messenger
Richard Mitchley ...
2nd Messenger
David Nunn ...


King Richard of England is planning to safely move his army into the Northern parts of Europe. However, he wishes to be greeted with allies upon his arrival, so he decides to marry his son, Harry, to the Spanish Infanta to form an alliance between England and Spain. After learning that Harry is already engaged to 9 other princesses (and one prince) from previous similar plans Richard had, he decides to marry his other son, Edmund to the Infanta. Edmund is quite excited, thinking her to be one of the most ravishing and beautiful woman in Europe. When he discovers she is quite the opposite, he tries to call off the marriage with the help of Baldrick and Percy. Written by Gafaddict

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Although it was originally broadcast as episode 4 of the series, on later broadcasts and DVD releases it has been switched with episode 2, The Black Adder: Born to Be King (1983). See more »


Baldrick: [as Edmund and Percy are dressing him up to sneak into the Infanta's room] Please my lord, I beg you to reconsider...
Prince Edmund: Baldrick, if there was any other way, you know I'd take it!
Baldrick: But I'll die in there!
[meaning the room that Infanta is in]
Prince Edmund: Don't worry. We'll give you a hero's funeral, bury you at sea, say you died in combat, with an enemy vessel.
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Black Adder is getting married!
17 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

"The Queen of Spain's Beard" is a terribly funny episode, where our 'hero' Edmund gets the chance to get married.

King Richard is not very happy with France, and decides to marry Edmund to the Spanish Infanta to get some connections with Spain (whatever that means, as Spain did not really exist back then; but we don't watch "The Black Adder" for its historical accuracy). As they say at the beginning of the episode, marriage was used to create alliances, and Edmund is thrilled with the prospect of his marriage. Till he discovers the infanta doesn't look as he imagined she would, and decides to do anything, but anything, not to marry her.

Cue a very funny episode, where jokes (all very, but very silly, and some maybe not very politically correct) keep flying, non-stop. The dialogues are very funny, the acting great, and the plot development hilarious. Edmund makes a fool of himself constantly, and the historical inaccuracies only add to the fun (the 'traditional' Spanish attire comment is hilarious). Totally worth watching.

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