King James the Man and the Book

King James the Man and the Book.

Hoaxes, plagiarisms, ethics and authorial factions.

By Karen McCarthy Eastland, 2012


‘Historians examine primary documentations and evaluate the context of author bias and the consideration within which they were written. Postmodernism departs from the basic premise behind traditional histories.’ (Apostolakou)

There is a long held belief that history is a matter rife for creative interpretation, constituting therefore an acceptable practice for an authorial tampering of historical ‘factions.’[1] To this end, historical data, laced with personal biases and interpretations of factual events, have through the ages maintained more than a little relativeness within their conceptualisations. This paper examines historical interpretations within the pages of one of the grandest narratives and the greatest literary hoaxes of all time. Its brilliance has spanned the centuries and has been politically utilised to create entire societies through manipulations of its content. This collection of books, letters and documents vary in their interpretations, with many lacking evidentiary substance, feasibility and ethicalities, along with the questionable authorial identity of one specific accumulator.

King James the Man and the Book