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April 02, 2009

It's rude, damaging, unfair and pernicious to say that women's history isn't important and interesting


So claims someone or other in light of David Starkey stating the obvious. And promoting his new television series.

Women historians have feminised history by focusing on the 'soap opera' of key figures' love lives rather than their achievements, David Starkey claims. The TV historian said his female counterparts concentrated on 'big box-office' subjects such as the six wives of Henry VIII instead of major political events of the time.

Dr Starkey, 54, said: 'One of the great problems has been that Henry, in a sense, has been absorbed by his wives. Which is bizarre. But it's what you expect from feminised history, the fact that so many of the writers who write about this are women and so much of their audience is a female audience. Unhappy marriages are big box-office.
And he added: 'If you are to do a proper history of Europe before the last five minutes, it is a history of white males because they were the power players, and to pretend anything else is to falsify.'

He doesn't enjoy The Tudors either.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 2, 2009 06:28 AM