I read the female writers of romantic Faction, when I was at University and thought that with my own prodigious knowledge of History, that I might try the same thing one day. Never did. I wanted to read History at University, but my school told me that there was no future in it – so I had to take the sciences and keep History as my lifelong Hobby.
How wrong my school was, – I could have had series on the telly like Bethany Hughes etc., but I probably wouldn’t have been in the same league as David Starkey.
I still watch Keith Michell in ‘Henry the Eighth and his Six Wives’ and Glenda Jackson as ‘Elizabeth’ (1970/71) – good accurate BBC History.
False news is in the News and is a big problem for the future, I agree. But what about teaching our children false History ?
I like your Vikings, Michael Hirst, since that era is open to a lot of interpretation and therefore, ‘poetic licence’. But “The Tudors”, Michael – really !
Why does an emminent History professor throw away a lifetime of teaching Facts to his students, and Prostitute his career for a wad of Dosh,to write Total Bollocks like The Tudors : a bit of a ‘Curate’s’ Egg.
A lot of the series I liked, but honestly, Michael – teaching the youngsters watching, that Margaret Tudor married Charles Brandon and then she collapses, consumptively into an artist’s palate of blood and milk ?!
I admit to being an anti-monarchist, but what you are peddling to young watching minds there, means that our present Queen was never Born !And what happens when they reproduce your crap in history exams and get shot to pieces by the Markers ?
What is worse – False News or False, corrupted History ?