Friday 22 August 2008

Wittenberg - The King Gets a New Hat

Scene: In the gardens at the palace, Count Hermann of Munster tries to get King Leopold interested in affairs of state. The King is rather unusually fostering an obsession with hats.

Count: Your Majesty, you're looking rather dapper today in your new hat.

King: thankyou Count, it is the most comfortable hat I've had for years. I particularly like the white ruffle round the tricorne top.

Count: I'm sorry to say this Sire, but your wife is finding your delight in your new hat a bit too much. She says you are wearing it all the time - even in bed at night. Are you sure you are alright ?

King: Yes I'm fine, I love this hat..

Count: Also you seem to be reading rather a lot about hats - 'Topknot Times', 'Tricorne News' and the last thing I saw in the library was 'Hat Weekly' with the main article '"Fancy Bicornes - A new Fad ?". Really your majesty, you should be spending more times on affairs of state especially with the current state of tension with Monrovia .

King: I love wearing my hat. Actually I'm thinking of getting one of those new bicornes - there's a new hat maker in Wittenberg, I might send for him.

Count: Have you seen the Field Marshal yet, he wants to talk to you about the stratgeic deployment of the army to meet the potential threat from Monrovia to the west and also Stagonia to the north-east.

King: Ah yes, I forgot about that; perhaps we should pop along and see him. I'm sure he'll like my new hat.

Count: I'll come with you then, and we'll see what he has to say ..


  1. I have to say that the king's obsession with his hat is nothing compared to my own at the moment :)

  2. I think the king may have something about bicornes being the future in hat ware...Bill

  3. Ah, hmm, it is a very nice hat, but just watch out if he starts taking an unusual interest in crustacians...

  4. This is priceless!!! I think I need a similar hat.

    Best Regards,


  5. Yes, Irwin-Amadeus' fascination with lobsters does seem akin to His Majesty's new-found love of hats.

    I wonder what that says about the stresses of ruling?

    -- Jeff

  6. The Markgraaf would have responded in person, but he is far too busy admiring his new hat in the Hall Of Mirrors. He did say that he was glad the "Tricorne News" was enjoying a wider distribution.

  7. As a tricorn owner myself, I think I know where His Majesty is coming from. They're so stylish! ;)