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CHAP Spring 23 takes a mediaeval slant on the gentlemanly life.

Our new edition takes as its starting point George RR Martin’s televised epic Game of Thrones, by meeting Paddy Considine, star of the recent prequel House of the Dragon. Mr. Considine recounts his uncertain beginning as an actor, and how his friendship with British director Shane Meadows put him in front of the camera. One of the major influences on Game of Thrones was the novels by Maurice Druon Les Rois Maudits, adapted into two French television series in 1992 and 2005. We compare the two interpretations of mediaeval skulduggery, the French one taking the edge by starring Gerard Depardieu as a Knight Templar burned at the stake.

For a more realistic look at mediaeval life, we provide a guide for the gentleman of Middle England scheming his way to the top of the kingdom. Kings of a more recent era get the full Arbuthnot treatment, in his guide to the planning of the coronation of Charles III. Meanwhile the king of bounders Leslie Phillips is recalled in our tribute to the great British actor who said his final ‘Ding Dong’ last November.

leslie phillips

Sartorial features include Chris Sullivan’s history of the Zoot Suit, plus young zoot-besuited chap London Boy Lou and his dandizette moll Tiffany Smith photographed among Jack the Ripper’s old haunts in Whitechapel.

zoot suit

Our new reader’s assessment section ‘Am I Homburg?’ is heralded by the history of this elegant hat in the spa town of Bad Homburg, where the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, took a fancy to the hunting titfer on his nephew Kaiser Wilhelm II’s head, and commissioned his own town version at The Möckel Hutfabrik, or hat factory. Further Teutonic tales come from an interview with Berliner crooner Max Raabe, who often walks about his native Berlin with a zebra.

max raabe

We pace the anarchic corridors of the surreal stately home of Peter O’Toole in 1972’s The Ruling Class, to see whether Peter Medak’s peculiar arthouse aristocracy satire has finally come of age. Meanwhile, Ruby Demure treads the boards in An Inspector Calls, another class satire, at the Theatre Royal, Brighton, where she feels the ghosts of Diana Dors, Lauren Bacall and Marlene Dietrich haunting the wings.

the ruling class

All this plus Bentley Blower and Maxda MX-5 in Motoring, Fountain Pens in Antiques, Luxardo Maraschino in Drinking, The Lanesborough Grill in Dining, David Evans on David Hockney’s yellow Crocs at a formal royal luncheon, an interview with rock music publicist Tony King and much, much more.

CHAP Spring 23 is available in UK newsagents from 10th March 2023

The Chap was founded in 1999 and is the longest-serving British magazine dedicated to the gentlemanly way of life, with its own quirky, satirical take on a style that has recently entered the mainstream.

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