His remarks on Newsnight after this summer’s London riots gave 102 academics from universities across Britain fuel to pen a letter to the BBC, encouraging them to stop referring to Dr. David Starkey as a “historian” except on the subject of the Tudors.
Is Starkey all that concerned with other people’s opinions? Only he can answer that. Does he think before he speaks? Probably to a greater extent than the Duke of Edinburgh does. A bespectacled gay man who was born crippled with two left feet, he says he knows hurt and prejudice and that he is “not, in any way, racist” but rather thinks racists are “demented.” I certainly agree with him there.
I was under the impression that we no longer publicly hang people for expressing their opinions. And Dr. Starkey, who has certainly inspired ire in the past (I have to bring up this swipe at “pretty-girl history”), is also admired and respected by many for his vast knowledge and his tirelessness in sharing it with the Tudor-loving world. So here I give you a lovely linkfest to just some of the myriad goods from that Tudor historian we all love to
hate disagree with!
- Waiting for Starkey “is a little scary” for this Times columnist
- The Guardian published this interview when his “Windsors” series wrapped up
- Was he rude in his interview with The Independent some years back? Find out.
- Here he discusses Henry VIII with Hilary Mantel in one, two, three parts.
- Some starting vids of the man chatting about Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Katherine Howard, and Catherine Parr
- and some bits on Mary I and Elizabeth I
- as well from his special Henry VIII: The Mind of a Tyrant and from the “Monarchy” episode on Henry VIII
- Got a craving for a Starkey read about the Tudors? (and a LOT of time on your hands?) Amazon’s got your David Starkey right here, for the UK and for the US.
- Starkey says the Vatican’s calling and it wants its church back
- Maybe you’d like a taste of some other dynasties? Here’s Starkey having a chat about the Normans, the Plantagenets (including some Lancastrians), the Stuarts, and the Hanoverians
- Here’s the PBS interview with the man behind their “Six Wives of Henry VIII” special
- Starkey’s stint on Jamie’s Dream School (warning: rip-roaring profanity) and the lessons he learned from the experience
- Speaking on the subject of the monarchy for Cambridge University
- David Starkey? There’s an app for that.
- Interestingly, his eyebrows have their own Facebook fan page
I intent to make this an on-going list, so please check back for more classic Starkey!