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#3825 07/06/00 10:11 PM
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>Look at Richard the Lionheart versus King John.

Not to mention poor old Richard III - it looks like even Shakespeare was prone to a bit of garbling.




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Yes, history is written by the winners, or the losers making a comeback as the case may be. But some facts are facts. The Romans did not wear wristwatches. William Wallace and Edward I died years apart. The telescope was invented by the Dutch long after the time Robin Hood was supposed to have lived.

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Here's a site where you can read more about the goofs made in the name of entertainment, and worse, how Hollywood rewrites history.

http://us.imdb.com/Top/topgoofs


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And I thought everything I saw at the cinema was true!

PS William Wallace was executed on 23rd August 1305, Edward I died on 7th July 1307 but then why let history get in the way of a good ending!



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Hi there, I'm from near Nottingham, England & have always maintained that Gotham City originated from Gotham, Nottinghamshire - which my boyfriend found ridiculous! So thanks for the confirmation! For further information, the Gothamites of Nottinghamshire actually pronounce their village name "goat-um" - which seems quainter and less meaty than the Americanised version.


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> >Look at Richard the Lionheart versus King John.

Not to mention poor old Richard III - it looks like even Shakespeare was prone to a bit of garbling.


The history of Richard III was originally written by Henry VII's Prime minister so it obviously paints him in a poor light. Shakespeare lived over 100 years later and may have used this biased history as the basis for his play.

I highly recommend the detective novel 'The daughter of time' by Josephine Tey (Penguin books) which deals with the supposed murder's of the two princes by Richard in the tower of London. It's a beautifully crafted novel dealing with some incredibly complex material and will leave you looking at that section of history in a whole new light. I just checked my library server and there are at least ten editions in print since it was first published in 1951. An excellent read!


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sorry i have no facts because i know none but i always had the impression that there was some connection with the word gothic. one reason why batman appeals to me more in adulthood than in childhood is that i really enjoy the atmosphere of the cartoons - the shadowy characters amongst the inner city buildings. this may have nothing to do with etymology but maybe it influenced the choice of name.


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I'm sure the sound of the name helped - I can't see "Oswaldtwistle" having quite the right ring about it.

I used to live in a place called Rhydycroesau - I haven't noticed many of those around the world.


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I'm reading Bill Bryson's book "The Mother Tongue..." at present - he has some amusing things to say about the pronounciation of places like that. How do you pronounce Rhydycroesau?


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Welcome aBoard, muffin!

"goat-um"--I like it--sounds faintly aggressive!


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