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Historian David Starkey blasts Tudors as ‘terrible history’.
November 8, 2008, 7:07 pm
Filed under: The Show

DAVID Starkey, an expert on Henry VIII, has slammed the hit costume drama The Tudors for its blatant inaccuracies.

Starkey, speaking at Cheltenham Literature Festival where he was promoting his latest book about Henry, said the glossy series brought ‘shame’ on the BBC with its ‘ignorance of the facts’.

He also said the show, which ended recently with the execution of Henry’s second wife Anne Boleyn, played by a pouting Natalie Dormer, was ‘terrible history’ and ‘wrong for no reason’ and that the costumes were mostly borrowed from the later Elizabethan period.

The show, starring Jonathan Rhys-Meyers as King Henry, has been a hit on BBC2 and gained a strong following in the US, despite it’s historical inaccuracies.

More series are planned, hopefully to take us right through Henry’s reign and all of his six wives and speaking personally I can’t wait. We know for sure series three will look at wives number three and four, Jane Seymour and Anne of Cleeves.

It’s great fun, riveting to watch with some super performances and glorious settings. It’s also not meant to be an accurate historical documentary, simply escapist entertainment.

I’m all for accuracy and yes, I can understand Starkey’s point and I might often get annoyed myself at some of the glaring anomalies, but hey, the Tudors isn’t supposed to be a history lesson and people shouldn’t view it as such.

Source : Coventry


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