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Debunking the massaged facts of British history with Lucy Worsley

By: stagedoorscribbler - March 4, 2019

Lucy Worsley

Always good to see everyone’s favourite TV historian Lucy Worsley let loose on the dressing up box to help illustrate her always illuminating and entertaining programmes.

BBC 4 has been screening her eye-opening series British History’s Biggest Fibs showing how many ‘facts’ that have been learned for generations have been massaged to make them more palatable or simply re-written for political reasons.

In the latest show for instance she debunks the ‘fibs’ surrounding India as the Jewel in the Crown of the British Empire. Examining how the Raj was created to present itself as a new kind of caring, sharing imperialism in a bid to consign the notion of tyranny, greed and exploitation to the dustbin of history. Unfortunately it didn’t quite work out that way.

Other subjects explored in the series included the Glorious Revolution, when William of Orange stole the throne from James II and the War of the Roses. 

Don’t worry if you missed them. All are still available on BBC iPlayer.

Better still Lucy herself will be back on the road with Clive Conway Productions in May with a series of appearances celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria.

Queen Victoria: Daughter, Wife, Mother and Widow kicks off with an evening at The Guildhall Arts Centre at Grantham on 17th May A series of dates follow. Further information on the What's On section of this website.