David Starkey is poorly educated, says Cabalamat

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.

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3 Responses to David Starkey is poorly educated, says Cabalamat

  1. George Carty says:

    The American propaganda film ““Why We Fight: Prelude To War” included the saying “Whenever I hear the word ‘culture’ the first thing I do is reach for my gun” translated from a German speech which ended with the words “mein Revolver”. The Nazi giving the speech didn’t look like Göring or Goebbels though…

    • George Carty says:

      I found the actual quote – “Wenn ich das Wort Kultur höre, dann greife ich schon an meinen Revolver”. It was by Hitler Youth leader Baldur von Schirach.

  2. Dave McCloskey says:

    “Dr” Starkey is no stranger to controversy he appears to have elevated his own stature to a level above ordinary humans even Royals. He has displayed open racism against Scotland and the Scots, this may be on account of the achievements of a country one tenth of the size of his own, vastly exceeding Englands role in the development of modern civilisation. The best way to deal with Mr Starkey is to either ignore him completely or to preface any comment with the following ” in the opinion of a proven arsehole”.

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