The Man from the Hornet introduces our semi-regular series on “Dandies” – as inspired by the Player’s cigarette card collection of 1932…
He hailed from Sweden. He wore outlandish, colourful clothes. His hair cascaded down past his shoulders. He once wowed all Europe with his lyrical dexterity and emerged victorious in famous battles on that self-same continent.
It must be Björn Ulvaeus from Abba, yes?
Not this time.
Count Otto Von Konigsmarck, 17th Century warrior and diplomat, was a master of the stylish bluff. On one famous occasion, standing before the court of King Louis XIV of France, he found that he had misplaced his speech. Undaunted, he simply ploughed on, reciting the catechism in Swedish with such a flourish that he brought the house down.