- Oct 26, 2012
In Ladies Tea, we're rather used to discovering that things have been reported over and over based on incorrect historical impressions, especially when it comes to women. We learned from Professor Emily Clark that there was never a single contract for placage, though numerous historians have reported this as a given fact. They simply took an earlier historian at his word and repeated the falsehood. A similar thing has happened with Mary Lincoln, where historically oriented folks like your Dr. Sotos continue to simply repeat the lies that a drunk, William Herndon, wrote about Mary Lincoln.
You've started numerous threads in which you've pushed people to take a different look at John Brown, who hacked people to death with broad swords. It seems odd that when it comes to a female, you're unwilling to deviate in the slightest from the lies published 150 years ago by a degenerate alcoholic lawyer.
I have not formulated any 'hard' opinions about Mary. Once I finish the book I'll be able to say, at least in my opinion, if the vitamin deficiency theory has any credence.