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And so the British struggled on into the Middle Ages. For a while, this was a time of courtly love when it was possible to get laid simply by owning a pair of stripy tights and a lute.
That's according to Richard Curtis in his introduction to Blackadder - The Whole Damn Dynasty (a compilation of all the television scripts).
Grim-visaged war hath smooth'd his wrinkled front;Continued page 2/12
And now, instead of mounting barbed steeds
To fright the souls of fearful