Posted by: Lister | December 26, 2007

Starkey and Elizabeth II

It seems David Starkey is not fishing for a knighthood:

As the country’s most high-profile historian of the British monarchy, one might expect David Starkey to take a warm view of the house of Windsor.

[…] When Starkey was showing the Queen round an exhibition he had curated about Elizabeth I in 2003, he found her more preoccupied with the late arrival of her drink (gin and Dubonnet) than the works on display. Her only comment on the exhibition was that one of the objects was hers.

This, said Starkey, reminded him of “a housewife” who’d been left some wonderful possessions.

[…] He cannot help comparing her with Elizabeth I, who also acceded the throne at 25, “but was 20 times as well educated. And had either five or six languages.”

He was also struck that the Queen does not seem to have any interest in those who preceded her grandfather, George V.

So she’s not to keen on Starkey’s specialist subject. I wonder if Starkey would have been more forgiving otherwise. After all, with my education in science/maths, I tend to be a bit dismissive of the champion of homeopathy. Unlike Starkey:

…in the last show of his 17-part Monarchy series, to be broadcast on Boxing Day, [Starkey] openly wonders whether it is time for the monarchy to divest itself of the Church of England. But, in a conclusion that may surprise many, he suggests that Prince Charles might be the monarchy’s best hope for survival.

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