Amateur ethos

September 15, 2011

Who do Christopher Grey and the collective of historians think they are kidding (Letters, 8 September)? It's not David Starkey's alleged lack of expertise that bugs them - it's what he said. Moreover he said it clearly, elegantly and persuasively.

As to the value of expertise, they might bear in mind the old joke: "Noah's Ark was built by amateurs, the Titanic by professionals."

David Marsland, Reading

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