Queen is the best monarch of all time because she is ‘heroically boring’, historian says
Queen is the greatest monarch of all time because she is ‘heroically boring’, says historian
- Leading historian Tom Holland calls the queen ‘transcendently boring’
- He added that the fact that she “never says anything interesting” was “heroic”
- Mr. Holland was asked to choose the best monarch since William the Conqueror
- He nominated Richard III as one of the worst monarchs
The Queen has been Britain’s top monarch because she is “transcendently dull,” a leading historian said yesterday.
While Tom Holland’s assessment of the 96-year-old may not sound flattering, he explained that she was actually very intelligent and that the fact that she “never says anything interesting” was “heroic.”
He also said that when she is no longer with us, people will encounter “a disruptive turn of the past” and called her “the model of a constitutional monarch.”
When asked to choose his favorite monarch since William the Conqueror, historian Tom Holland chose our reigning queen because she was “transcendently dull,” which was also “heroic.” His brother added that the Queen was notable for holding herself to a high moral standard, unlike some in positions of power
He was asked to choose the greatest monarch since William the Conqueror during a discussion at the Chalke Valley History Festival with his brother James Holland, the event’s program director.
Tom Holland, historian and broadcaster who specializes in medieval history, said: ‘She is extremely boring. She never says anything interesting. We know she is a very witty woman, very smart. She has persisted in a truly heroic show of being dull during her reign.”
His brother said the Queen was notable for holding herself to a high moral standard, unlike some in positions of power.
Meanwhile, the historian nominated Richard III as one of the worst monarchs, but said King John narrowly outranked him for sheer villainy.
He also said it was “incredible” that a pre-school and kindergarten had been named after Richard III in Leicester.
Tom Holland nominated Richard III as one of the worst reigning monarchs. He was widely believed to be responsible for the murders of his cousin, Edward V and brother, Richard of Shrewsbury. Holland said he “had no doubts” that he was responsible for their disappearance
It is widely believed that the monarch was responsible for the murders of his cousins Edward V, 12, and his brother Richard of Shrewsbury, eight, known as the ‘Princes in the Tower’.
Tom Holland said he had no doubt that Richard III was responsible for the disappearance of the two boys.
Richard III, then Duke of Gloucester, was intended to be their protector, but instead declared them illegitimate. The boys were last seen on the green of the Tower of London.
Tom Holland said, ‘He was a terrible king. Had he done his job, the Yorkist dynasty would have been absolutely safe, but because he grabs the crown, he kills his cousins.”
He argued that this undermined his legitimacy and even led his own family to turn against him and side with the Tudors.