Francesca Stavrakopoulou’s King David was a straw man put together in order to be pulled down, says Christopher Howse:
In a thousand years, the consensus among archaeologists will be that Francesca Stavrakopoulou never existed. The legend will say that she was an attractive and lively lecturer in religion at the University of Exeter. The evidence will be in clear contradiction of this pious myth.
For a start, the scholars will say, Stavrakopoulou was not a name that belonged to the Kingdom of Devon. It must have been projected on to history by later Hellenic colonists. Indeed, historians will say (based on written records from the 19th century, since 20th-century electronic records will have corrupted into nothing) women were not allowed to lecture at universities in Devon.