Cromwellian vulgarity receives a noble riposte

March 10, 2011

The youthful Rosenkavanz was ambassador to the ephemeral republican government of Oliver Cromwell and heard this rebuke from the latter: “Your king chooses rather immature representatives. One can barely say you have a beard.”

“And yet my beard is older than your republic,” replied the ambassador.

Adolfo Padovan, Il libro degli aneddoti (Milan: Bottega di Poesia, 1924), p. 18. ( translation.)

Short Stories on Honor, Chivalry, and the World of Nobility—no. 56

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  • Why is it that royalty and nobility tend to courtesy, the sublime, and refinement whereas egalitarian democracy (as opposed to true democracy which is not leveling) tends to uncouthness, a shying away from splendor, and crass vulgarity?

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