Suzannah was educated at Epsom College (where she is now a Governor) and Lincoln College, Oxford. After taking a double first in Modern History and a distinction in her Masters in Historical Research, she won the Jowett Senior Scholarship at Balliol College, Oxford, to read her D.Phil. in history, which she was awarded in 2009. In 2006-7, Suzannah was a Royal Historical Society Marshall Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research.
From 2007 to 2010, Suzannah was Research Curator at Hampton Court Palace (Historic Royal Palaces), and was one of the lead curators responsible for creating a new visitor experience in the Tudor Palace to mark the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII’s accession to the throne in 2009. Her post was funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council. For her achievements during this time, Suzannah won the AHRC 2011 ‘Humanities in the Creative Economy’ Award.
In 2009, Suzannah also organised a series of high profile events, including ‘The Henry VIII Talks at Hampton Court Palace’ in association with History Today, and a major three-day international academic conference on Henry VIII and the Tudor Court. Suzannah was subsequently a consultant to Historic Royal Palaces and an External Advisory Member on their Research Strategy Board.
In September 2010, Suzannah was appointed Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of East Anglia. In 2011, she was awarded a public engagement grant (People Award) from the Wellcome Trust to fund ‘All the King’s Fools’, a performance project in which actors with learning disabilities played the Tudor period’s ‘natural fools’ at Hampton Court Palace, which won a 2012 Museums + Heritage Award for Excellence.
In October 2011, she took up her post as Head of the Faculty of History and Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at New College of the Humanities (NCH), where she lectures and tutors on British History 1450-1649 and European history 1500-1800. As Head of the Faculty of History, she is a member of the Academic Board, responsible for the academic governance of NCH.
In 2012, she was awarded the Nancy Roelker Prize by the Sixteenth Century Society for her journal article, ‘Crossing Boundaries: Women’s Gossip, Insults and Violence in Sixteenth-Century France’ in French History (Vol 25, No. 4), and was made a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
Suzannah’s most recent TV programme was Hidden Killers of the Tudor Home, which she wrote and presented, and which aired on BBC 4 on 20 January 2015 as part of the Wolf Hall season. Also, as part of the Wolf Hall season, The Last Days of Anne Boleyn was repeated on BBC2.
Prior to that, Henry and Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History was a two-part series for Channel Five (which aired in February-March 2014) that Suzannah wrote and presented; I Never Knew that About Britain, an eight-part series for ITV (airing March-April 2014 and repeated in January-February 2015), and New Hidden Killers of the Victorian Home and Hidden Killers of the Edwardian Home, a two-part series for BBC4 which Suzannah wrote and presented, and which aired in December 2013. Before this, Suzannah wrote and presented the first Hidden Killers of the Victorian Home (also for BBC4, aired in April 2013) and co-presented, with Joe Crowley, Bloody Tales of Europe and Bloody Tales of the Tower for National Geographic Channel.
Her other TV work includes presenting on The Book Show (Sky Arts), Secret Life Of… (Yesterday, UK and History, Canada) and Inside the World of Henry VIII (History, UK), and appearances on The One Show (BBC 1), BBC Breakfast (BBC1), Newsnight (BBC2), The Great British Weather Show (BBC 1), The Last Days of Anne Boleyn (BBC 2), GMTV (ITV), Sky News, Museum Secrets (Yesterday, UK and History, Canada), BBC News, ITV London etc. She regularly appeared on Time Team’s Season 20, (2013, Channel 4). As a royal historian, she commentated live from a studio at Buckingham Palace on the Royal Wedding for CTV, and on the birth of HRH Prince George of Cambridge for BBC News, BBC World, NBS, Sky News, LBC and BBC Radio 5 Live. Details of all these and more can be found under the TV & Radio tab.
Her radio work includes presenting BBC Radio 3′s The Essay, presenter’s friend on BBC Radio 5 Live and LBC, and appearances on BBC Radio 4′s Today programme, Front Row, Making History and the Six O’Clock News, BBC Radio 5 Live, LBC, NPR and many local radio stations.
Suzannah’s latest book, A Visitor’s Companion to Tudor England, was published by Ebury in March 2012, and came out in paperback in 2015. Suzannah is also the author of 1536: The Year that Changed Henry VIII (Lion Hudson, 2009), the co-author of Henry VIII: 500 Facts (Historic Royal Palaces, 2009), and co-editor of a collection of essays, Henry VIII and the Court: Art, Politics and Performance, (Ashgate, 2013).
Her new book, The King is Dead! The Last Will and Testament of Henry VIII, will be published by Head of Zeus later in the year.
Next on the list is a book on the lives of women in sixteenth-century France. It was her journal article on this material, ‘Crossing Boundaries: Women’s Gossip, Insults and Violence in Sixteenth-Century France’ in French History (Vol 25, No. 4), that was awarded a US prize for historical scholarship – the Nancy Lyman Roelker Prize – by the Sixteenth Century Society in 2012.
Suzannah's articles have appeared in The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph and BBC History Magazine. She writes a regular bimonthly column for History Today.
Suzannah’s CV, including a list of publications, is available upon request.
Besides history, Suzannah’s other great love is India, a country she visits as frequently as possible to practice her (increasingly rusty) Hindi. She lives in London.