How Should Popular Culture Convey History?
by Walter G. Moss
A recent plot point in Netflix's "The Crown" was based on a falsification of historical events. Historians who want to influence public knowledge of history need to be able to match the narrative appeal of television with a commitment to telling the truth.
SOURCE: The New Republic
The Ostensibly Apolitical Nature of the Royals Explains Americans' Obsession
by Suzanne Schneider
The Royals appeal to an American fantasy of power without politics, in which civility and decorum conceal the process of determining a society's winners and losers.
SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
Queen's Funeral Reflects Centuries of Ritual
by Emilie M. Brinkman
Since the rise of the Tudor dynasty, the occasion of a royal funeral has been an opportunity for the successor to demonstrate their authority by ostentation and pomp in remembrance of a predecessor.
Andrew Roberts Blows Up on MSNBC Over Queen's Link to Colonialism
The British historian and host Ali Velshi butted heads over the mentioning of colonialism and its part in the late Queen's legacy.
The Traitor King: Edward VIII and The Future of the British Monarchy
by Andrew Lownie
The author of a new book on the post-royal lives of Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson says that the hard lesson they learned—the brand comes before the family—will see the Royal Family through to a future despite scandal and resignation.
Meghan Markle, The Royal Family, Right Wing Media Animus and The Specter of Deeply Entrenched Racism!
by Elwood Watson
"Whatever potential shenanigans the public relations team at Buckingham Palace has, or rather had, planned to combat the Winfrey interview, it would certainly be wise for them to say nothing now."
SOURCE: Public Seminar
by Claire Potter
What, exactly, did we learn about racism from Meghan and Harry's Oprah interview? Perhaps the unspoken parts of the story are important.
The 1969 Documentary That Tried to Humanize Queen Elizabeth II and The Royal Family
The idea was to show the royal family in their day-to-day lives. The results were mixed.
SOURCE: NY Times
Trump’s Love Affair With the Royal Family Dates Back to His Mother
One of President Trump’s earliest memories, one he routinely recounts to journalists and biographers, is of watching his mother watch television, so enthralled that she barely moved for hours, on the day in 1953 that Queen Elizabeth was crowned.
Kate Middleton, Prince William ‘Dull,’ According to Historian
BBC historian Christopher Lee says Kate and William are "dull and inoffensive."
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