From TvTrope’s Let Us Never Speak of That Again

Bring Up the Bodies has a serious example with Henry VIII’s near-fatal jousting accident, in which he was unconscious and thought dead for hours and the court began splintering into factions for another civil war. He tells Cromwell that the events of the afternoon must never be mentioned, for the stability of the realm and to keep foreign powers from getting ideas, and Cromwell agrees—the official story will be that he was out for ten minutes at most and it was no big deal.

A good Noble Manservant, Aide, Secretary, or Valet who is loyal, useful, has initiative, and can keep his mouth shut can gain a lot of invisible, below-the-radar authority and power.


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2 Responses to Accidents

  1. Timothy Newman says:

    In some cases, without the ‘master’ even realising it. At least, until they decide not to tolerate someone less powerful giving them orders; the Merovingian kings being removed by their Mayors of the Palace or the last Ayyubid Sultan being removed by his Mamluk slaves are just two examples.

    Jeeves and Wooster are a different trope, of course.


    • Alvin Plummer says:

      True that. This kind of thing always reminds me of Roman days, when a really clued-in slave could rise to manage massive estates. I have a suspicion that manumission come close to a technically,or a merely formal recognition of what’s going in at those times.

      There must have been some times when the slave inherited the estate, rather than a wasteful son. That is truly a wonder for the slave… but a massive disgrace and loss of face for the son. A very interesting Trav story there…


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