It seems that royal historian David Starkey is not a big fan of Her Majesty:
Queen is poorly educated and philistine, says Starkey
As the country’s most high-profile historian of the British monarchy, one might expect David Starkey to take a warm view of the house of Windsor.
But in a week in which the Queen overtook Victoria as Britain’s longest-lived monarch, Starkey has delivered a less than rose-tinted verdict on the head of state, accusing her of philistinism and being uninterested in her predecessors, largely due to being poorly educated.
“I think she’s got elements a bit like Goebbels in her attitude to culture,” the historian told the Guardian. “You remember: ‘Every time I hear the word culture I reach for my revolver.’ “
But it wasn’t Goebbels who said that, it was Göring. (The expression originates from Hanns Johst’s play Schlageter in which a character says “Wenn ich Kultur höre … entsichere ich meinen Browning” meaning “Whenever I hear of culture… I release the safety-catch of my Browning!”)
Starkey, as a historian, should know better! Particularly when he is criticising someone else’s poor knowledge of history.