A most excellent response to David Starkey’s appalling comments about ugly female historians:
This week historian David Starkey, was quoted as saying: ‘
‘The only chance I have of being on TV again is if I were very ugly. I think only old, ugly women can get on TV. Like Mary Beard,’
What a delight!
But it may come as a surprise to many (who have probably heard a few of my feminist rants or seen me light up your tellybox briefly, championing the women’s suffrage movement) to hear that I owe David Starkey, historian and broadcaster, a great debt.
He has been my teacher for many a year, and in the last couple of days I’ve found out that I keep learning valuable lessons from him.
So where to begin? We might as well start with a thirteen-year-old girl, who loved history, and had grown out of Horrible Histories. I found Starkey’s biography on Elizabeth I on a bookshelf…
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