Dr Starkey brings humour to the Tudor Court
ONLY Dr Starkey could link Germaine Greer, Wayne Rooney and David Beckham to the Tudor Court.
The renowned, and sometimes controversial historian spoke in a special lecture at Sudeley Castle.
The sellout talk was one of the events in the Queen Katherine Parr Quincentenary Festival celebrations.
His subject was Queen Katherine Parr, the last of Henry VIII's wives, who spent her final days at Sudeley Castle, and her legacy to England.
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After all that has been written on the Tudors, whom Starkey refers to as England's Greek myths, one might think there was nothing new to learn. But Starkey's studied insights and meticulous research uncovers new gems.
Katherine Parr is seen as one of Henry's more insignificant wives. Starkey disagrees illustrating that Parr, while serving as Queen Regent, was the role model of the young Princess Elizabeth who became Elizabeth I.
Dr Starkey has spent a lifetime trying to sift the facts from the "half-fiction and heavily coloured by romance" material that has been recorded about the Tudors. And how did he link two footballers and a renowned feminist to the court?
He referred to a biography written about Elizabeth I when she was 18 like writing one on Rooney.
"They have hardly lived, what is there to write about?"
Thomas Seymour, the love of Queen Katherine Parr, was described as the Beckham of the Tudor Court – very handsome and fancied by all.
And Germaine Greer. Well Dr Starkey applies Ms Greer to history with two phases – Before Greer, when women were trampled over, and After Greer.
As always Dr Starkey is an engaging speaker bringing wit, insight and humour to one of the most exciting and dangerous periods of history.