Beefeaters Protecting Dark Horse Secrets #DHReveal

Beefeaters Protecting Dark Horse Secrets #DHReveal

Posted by February 5, 2018 Comment

We mentioned the other day that we expected Dark Horse to have a lot of big announcements to trot out before convention season. However, we would have to wait long for the reveal behind the rumour that they are to be the initial publisher for Millarworld as Netflix Comics.

But for now we have a new hashtag #DHReveal. And the first of their teases…

Beefeaters at the Tower of London…

The Yeomen Warders of Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress the Tower of London, and Members of the Sovereign’s Body Guard of the Yeoman Guard Extraordinary, popularly known as the Beefeaters, are ceremonial guardians of the Tower of London. In principle they are responsible for looking after any prisoners in the Tower and safeguarding the British crown jewels; they have also conducted guided tours since the Victorian era.

At last count, there were 37 Yeomen Warders and one Chief Warder. All warders are retired from the Armed Forces of Commonwealth realms and must be former warrant officers with at least 22 years of service. They must also hold the Long Service and Good Conduct medal.

The Yeomen Warders are often incorrectly referred to as Yeomen of the Guard, which is actually a distinct corps of Royal Bodyguards. Gilbert and Sullivan’s opera, The Yeomen of the Guard, is set in the 16th century, an earlier era before the two corps were split apart; it concerns what are today the Yeomen Warders.

The name Beefeater is of uncertain origin, with various proposed derivations. The term was common as early as the 17th century as a slang term for the English in general. The earliest connection to the Royal Household came as a reference to the Yeomen of the Guard by Cosimo III de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, who frequented the Court in 1669. In referring to the Yeomen of the Guard, he stated, “A very large ration of beef is given to them daily at the court, and they might be called Beef-eaters”. The Beefeater name was carried over to the Yeomen Warders, due to the two corps’ outward similarities and the Yeoman Warders’ more public presence. Beefeaters also commonly produced and consumed broths made of beef, which were described as rich and hearty. These broths were known, at the time, as bef or beffy.

While this is the most-cited origin, including by the Corps themselves, some etymologists have noted the term’s similarity to hláf-æta, the Old English term for a menial servant, lit. “loaf-eater”, the counterpart of hlaford “loaf-warden” and hlæfdige, which became “lord” and “lady” respectively. Conjectures that the name derives from buffetier (an Old French term meaning ‘a waiter or servant’) are not considered probable.

So there you go. It feels a little Mignola-versey, but who knows…

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(Last Updated February 5, 2018 12:28 pm )

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