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Blackadder: The Whole Damn Dynasty, 1485-1917 Paperback – August 1, 2000

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The greatest work of fiction since vows of fidelity were included in the French marriage service. -- Edmund Blackadder

About the Author

Richard Curtis's screenwriting credits include Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, and Mr. Bean.
Ben Elton has written the British comedy series The Young Ones. His novels include Popcorn. Rowan Atkinson starred in Blackadder and Mister Bean. John Lloyd produced Not the Nine O'Clock News, the Blackadders, and Spitting Image.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140296085
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140296082
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #909,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful By James Flavin on September 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
Keywords: English, Bloody Funny!!!
'Blackadder' was a BBC English television series staring Rowan Atkinson. It ran for four series (and at least one special).
The four series ran through 450 years of English History, with the same characters reincarnating /reappearing over that time.
It is bloody funny.
Series One has Blackadder as Prince Edmund, the Black Adder under his father (who hated him) Richard IV set in the late 1400's.
Series Two has Lord Edmund Blackadder, a favorite of Elizabeth I.
Series Three has Edmund Blackadder, Butler to the Prince Regent, Prince George (the son of Mad George III).
Series Four has Captain Edmund Blackadder in the trenches of World War One France in 1917.
Always with his dogsbody Baldrick and always descending the social ladder, Blackadder is a revisit on history that is well worth a visit.
The scripts, the primary content of this book, are extremely well written. The authors are Atkinson himself, Ben Elton and Richard Curtis. Other fillers in the book are original and funny.
If you've seen the programs, you will buy the book anyway. If you don't know Blackadder, get the videos from and then buy the book. It is excellent.
To the Creators of Blackadder, thank you and isn't it time for another series?
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By B-MAN on July 27, 2002
Format: Paperback
Well maybe not, but it is over 450 pages of Blackadder! "This book, sir, contains every word in our beloved language." Just kidding, I just had to say that. What this book does contain is the complete scripts for all 24 episodes of the entire Blackadder series written by Richard Curtis & Ben Elton, who are both "as clever as a stick in a bucket of pig swill." and starring the "quite brilliant" comedic talents of Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Hugh Laurie, and Stephen Fry, among others. If you have not seen Blackadder, you have no idea what you're missing. However, if you have seen it and don't like it, then I hope you get an extremely itchy rash on "the soft dangly collection of objects in your trousers." There are plenty of other things besides the scripts but I'll leave it as a surprise (or you can just read one of the other reviews). Keep in mind that these are the original scripts, not word for word what you hear on the show. For the most part it is exactly the same, but every once and a while there are different words used in the book. Don't worry, it doesent take away from any humor and the only person that will notice it will be someone, like myself, who has watched Blackadder over and over. Seriously, I put Blackadder III in my DVD player before I go to sleep and sometimes the last thing I hear is "Once upon a time there was a lovely sausage called Baldrick and it lived happily ever after." Anyway the book is essential for the Blackadder fan who can't get enough of the hilarious and original writing. Here are some lines you can read continuously for the rest of your life once you buy this book:
"Population: three rather mangy cows, a dachshund named Colin, and a small hen, in its late forties.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By SH in Tampa on June 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book contains the complete set of scripts for the Black Adder TV episodes, made by the BBC. Black Adder aired as four individual series of six episodes each: The Black Adder, Black Adder II, Black Adder the Third and Black Adder Goes Forth. It does not contain the Xmas special.
The screenplays were written by Richard Curtis (Mr. Bean, Not the nine o'clock news) and Ben Elton - possibly one of the funniest modern writers.
In the first series, Black Adder is a weak chinned, effeminate heir to Richard, Duke of York. Set in medieval England, we are introduced to two of the most often recurring characters in Black Adders live(s) - Percy and Baldrick. Lord Percy is an eager to please, high strung dolt. Baldrick, an filthy peasant that is under qualified to be the village idiot, acts as Black Adder's golfer. Although funny, the first series may miss an American audience with some of it's historical references.
In the second series, Black Adder's next descendant is no longer heir to the throne but remains one of Queen's dearest friends. Set in Elizabethan England, we get to follow Black Adder as he plots to carouse, fornicate and steal his way to pleasure. Even funnier than the first series, Black Adder gets far more clever. We are also introduced to two additional, recurring characters - Melchett and Flash. Melchett is a pompous, over bearing palace sycophant and Flash is fast moving ladies man with more than just a sword hanging between his legs.
Black Adder's fortunes have considerably fallen by the Third Series, where he is now serving a butler to the Price Regent of England, the stupidest man in the land. Again, the clever Black Adder schemes to raise himself at the expense of everyone around him.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
Even if you are NOT a die-hard fan of The Black Adder--you WILL be after reading this book. It consists of all the scripts from the television show and reads very well. In fact, for those who have never even seen the television show, this book is easy to follow, extremely witty, and absolutely hilarious and will make you want to run out and buy the series on video!!! It translates very well in book format--I can hardly say enough good things. Profits from the sale go to Comic Relief--also, as an added bonus, the book features Black Adder's "greatest insults" and lots of other "fun stuff" from the Dark Ages, including most effective torture devices, best cures for skin diseases and deformities, etc. etc. very tongue-in-cheek. Loved it! Go out and buy this book! Highly recommend and you will laugh out loud!!
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