Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Starkey at his best ...

Personally, I've always found a lot of Tudor history hagiographical rather than concentrating what for me is the rather more intersting question of what happened to turn a late medieval backwater into a player among early modern states (and conversely why others didn't).

Be that as it may I've always found David Starkey's television shows models of explanation, wit and acidic clarity and understanding of realpolitik.

About the same time as his recent interview with Varsity in Cambridge, he also gave a lecture on Henry VIII as part of the Guardian festival of ideas. Immensly entertaing and provocative as ever, it's now available as a download.

Definitely recommended.

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