For a man who abhors Renaissance festivals, Ash certainly loves the Black Adder. Ash is on a BBC kick, and before he went broke he spent all of his money on British television shows on DVD. Black Adder begins in the Middle Ages, and it tells the tale of a dimwit knight with his two companions trying to become king. The first story arch ends with him chopped to bits.
The next story takes place during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. The Black Adder is a little bit smarter, his companions are a lot dumber, and the story end tragically for them all. I know that there a few other incarnations of the Black Adder, but I didn’t finish watching the series.