Professor David Valone: Fascination with the royal baby demonstrates subtle, mysterious power that history holds over us

valoneDavid Valone, chair and professor of history in the College of Arts and Sciences at Quinnipiac University, said the coverage of today’s royal birth offers insight into our society.

“The public fascination with the royal baby both here and abroad demonstrates the subtle and mysterious power that history holds over all of us,” he said. “There is no real significance in this particular birth. Prince William and Duchess Kate, while they are an immensely attractive and charismatic young couple, have no particular claim to our attention. The British monarchs have essentially no power, and aren’t even particularly wealthy by today’s standards. Any celebrity status they have attained, and make no mistake this is purely a celebrity birth on par with many others we have witnessed over the last few years, is inexorably bound up with their connection to history — to Princess Diana most immediately, of course, but perhaps more significantly to the centuries of twists and turns of the royal bloodlines of Europe. Those twists and turns made for great drama, as captured by Shakespeare and others, and also helped fundamentally to shape our world. So in celebrating William and Kate’s child we are, in some sense, connecting with that past, and everything both good and bad it represents. In observing this birth, then, we reflect upon the world that was, the world that is, and the world that is to be. And in that, there is certainly cause for plenty of fascination.”

To speak to Valone, please call John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations at Quinnipiac, at 203-206-4449 (cell) or 203-582-5359 (office).

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