Samuel Johnson has nearly completed his dictionary, and visits his sponsor the Prince Regent. Unfortunately, the illiterate Baldrick burns the manuscript leaving Blackadder the impossible task of recreating in one weekend what it took Johnson nearly a decade to write. Written by
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Samuel Johnson approaches the Prince George about patronizing his English Dictionary. Johnson already published his dictionary in 1755, seven years before the Prince was born. Johnson died in 1784, over 25 years before Prince George became Regent. Samuel Taylor Coleridge
, Lord Byron
, and Percy Bysshe Shelley
are portrayed as Johnson's bodyguards, despite Coleridge's being only 12 years old when Johnson died, and the other two not having been born. There is also a reference to Jane Austen
, who was only 9 years old at Johnson's death, and the Battle of the Nile which was fought in 1798. See more
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