Daily Archives: March 5, 2012

The Medieval Henchman & the Master of the Mill


The love and affection John and his mother had for one another was clearly evident. They gave each other strength.

John Thornton had lost his disgraced father through suicide and seen his family fortunes fall on desperate times. It took a lot of hard work and tenacity on Thornton’a part to restore the family’s status and rebuild their wealth, while looking out for his widowed mother and his feather-brained sister. Mrs. Thornton, a woman not to be trifled with, had a fierce love for her only son and pride in the man he had become. Fanny may have been a flibberty-gibbet, but there is no doubt she also loved her brother.

In his early teens, Sir Guy of Gisborne lost both his mother and his father in a terrible accidental fire for which he long blamed himself. His father had already been taken from Guy due to the elder Gisborne’s leprosy. The highly contagious disease made him a pariah in the community, forcing him to live away from his family. After their deaths, Guy was forced to strike out to make his way in the world, with a younger sister in tow–a sister with an unstable nature who would grow up to hate her brother for arranging her early marriage.

Both Guy and John could be volatile men with passionate natures. Both had larger ambitions, a desire to better themselves and to restore their families’ good names and fortunes. Both men were deeply in love with women who managed to cause them pain along the way.

Thornton had the unwavering, staunch support of his mother, who also provided him with a moral compass. He eventually won over his Margaret with the prospect of a happy married life ahead of them. Guy of Gisborne had—the sheriff of Nottingham. Why did he stay with the sheriff, a poisonous malevolent force? The promise of wealth, power and status. And the fact was as he told Marian, he truly had no one else. And when he thought he had finally won his adored Marian and had wealth and power within his grasp, it all turned to ashes at his feet.
John Thornton, the romantic hero. Guy of Gisborne, the tragic hero. Both expertly brought to life by the talents of Richard Armitage.



Sir Guy had to deal with the sadistic malevolence that was Vasey, who preyed on Guy's desires, ambitions and insecurities in order to use his master-at-arms to do his dirty work.

Phat Richard: TAE Word for the Day


Richard Armitage is phat, and he's PHAT. But he certainly isn't fat.

The chemistry between Richard and Daniella in "North & South" was very phat.

Our TAE word for the day is a slang term, and one I believe you will agree applies to Mr. A on more than one level.
phat: (pronounced “fat”) adjectiveExcellent, great.
PHAT has also been used as an acronym meaning “Pretty Hot And Tempting” but this usage, a “backronym,” dates much later than the origin of the term, which was first documented in 1963.

Ever-Expressive Guy: Oh, bother!


One of my favorite Guy/Sheriff scenes in RH S3 was at the church when a capricious and bored Prince John ordered the building to be burned with the bridal couple and their guests still inside. In the midst of directing the guards and waving away any do-gooder peasanta, Guy seizes an opportunity to use his sword to knock a support down to bury the sheriff under a burning roof. Alas, the sheriff managed to hide beneath a wagon and save himself. Guy’s satisfaction turns to consternation as an arrow Vasey shoots in his direction goes flying by, narrowly missing him. The troll is still very much alive and well. Curses! Foiled again!

Vasey. Guy. Each has sworn to do in the other for Prince John. Let the games begin.

FINALLY. I've done it.

Couldn't have happened to a more deserving little b**tard!

Just when think I've beaten the little toad . . .

*%$@#^$#@!!!! *cursing silently behind that tight little almost- smile*