Tom Holland made the comments during a discussion at the Chalke Valley History Festival with his brother James, the event’s program director. Mr Holland, who specializes in medieval history, had been asked to name who he thinks has been the best monarch since William the Conqueror has been.
Although his description may not sound very flattering, Mr Holland was keen to point out that Her Majesty was very intelligent.
He said the fact that she “never says anything interesting” was “heroic”.
The historian added that people “will encounter a dislocating twist that the past is gone” upon her death and called her a “model of a constitutional monarch”.
He said, “She is transcendentally boring. She never says anything interesting.
“We know she’s a very spiritual, very intelligent woman.
“She persevered in a truly heroic display of being dull throughout her reign.”
James Holland added that the Queen held herself to high moral standards unlike other people in positions of power.
Tom Holland named Richard III as one of the worst monarchs.
Richard, who was then Duke of Gloucester, was supposed to protect them, but he declared them to be illegitimate.
The boys were last seen playing on the green at the Tower of London.
Mr Holland described Richard as a ‘terrible king’.
He added: “If he had done his job, the Yorkist dynasty would have been absolutely safe, but because he is seizing the crown, he is murdering his nephews.”
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