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A Bit of a Spat About Downton Abbey
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A bit of a spat blew up last month, when noted historian, Simon Schama, took aim at the enormously successful British TV series Downton Abbey. Schama is, as you may know, originally from that scepter'd isle, and doesn't like what he's seen of Julian Fellowes' take on the aristocracy and the servant classes of the pre and post-World War I era.

I'm a huge fan of Schama's -- oh, to have been a student in one of Professor Schama's history classes -- and last year I was pleased to read that he was advising the British government on how history could be brought back into the heart of a revived school curriculum; my love of history was seeded and nurtured by some wonderful history teachers in my native Britain. Schama's documentaries are compelling and have kept the attention of audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. I've spent good money on his books and DVD's. But I think he has it wrong this time. 

Read the rest at Huffington Post TV.

Thanks as usual to Gina Misiroglu of Red Room for putting me in touch with the Huffington Post people. It’s just one of the great ways she's bringing traffic to Red Room and getting attention for Red Room's authors.

 

 

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Jacqueline,Interesting

Jacqueline,

Interesting topic.  Were Schama's concerns mainly about misrepresentations of the  "real" attitudes/interactions between servants and aristocrats or also about historical inaccuracies?  What are a couple specific examples of these misrepresentations and inaccuracies (other than the anachronisms you cite)?

Appreciative of any additional insights you can provide,

Brenden