He was that absent-minded crank, a grand seigneur
husband who was in no one's way, and far from spoiling the high tone and general impression of the drawing room, he served, by the contrast he presented to her, as an advantageous background to his elegant and tactful wife.
"A grand seigneur
combined with a great connoisseur," opined the other heavily.
In manner, something of the grand seigneur
still clung to him, so that he even ripped you up with an air, and I have been told that he was a RACONTEUR [storyteller] of repute.
This is how it runs: `A le moult puissant et moult honorable chevalier, Sir Nigel Loring de Christchurch, de son tres fidele ami Sir Claude Latour, capitaine de la Compagnie blanche, chatelain de Biscar, grand seigneur
de Montchateau, vavaseur de le renomme Gaston, Comte de Foix, tenant les droits de la haute justice, de la milieu, et de la basse.' Which signifies in our speech: `To the very powerful and very honorable knight, Sir Nigel Loring of Christchurch, from his very faithful friend Sir Claude Latour, captain of the White Company, chatelain of Biscar, grand lord of Montchateau and vassal to the renowned Gaston, Count of Foix, who holds the rights of the high justice, the middle and the low.'"
Meanwhile, Sky has jumped into the fray with a campaigning approach to plastic pollution, and now with Our Planet, Netflix has seemingly stolen the grand seigneur
of nature broadcasting, David Attenborough, from under the Beeb's nose and loosened his shackles in the process.
Si je m'arrete ici un jour, je veux me conduire comme un 'grand seigneur
(also a stallion) and Chicuelo were Group 1-placed jumpers in France a couple of years later, followed by Group 1 chase winner Bonbon Rose (now a stallion) and Rock Noir, a Group 1 winner over hurdles and now an Arkle Chase hope trained by Jonjo O'Neill.
It has already translated into Turkish many works by Mehmed Uzun, the grand seigneur
of Kurdish literature who lived in exile in Sweden as a political refugee until 2005.
To the end of his life he kept the manners of a grand seigneur
of a world now gone, the hauteur, self-confidence and wit.
Luis Valenca is a member of the world-famous Portuguese Court Riding School and 'Grand Seigneur
' among Lusitano breeders and trainers, while Paul de Olivera and Laurent Jahan count among the most well-known stunt and show riders in France.