Shedding Light on Dark History

Category : Blog · No Comments Mar 24th, 2015

The increasing commercialisation of sites known for their gruesome and violent history raises troubling questions. But to ignore such events would be worse -

My article in April’s History Today magazine

Eerie: the metal sculpture of Alice Nutter in Roughlee, Lancashire

Eerie: the metal sculpture of Alice Nutter in Roughlee, Lancashire

Time Team

Category : Blog · No Comments Mar 19th, 2015

I was lucky enough to be part of this series – the last Time Team series ever! Sob. If you’re on Twitter, go and RT this to be entered into the competition (UK only).

Time Team Series 20

Time Team

Hidden Killers of the Victorian Home

Category : Blog · No Comments Mar 16th, 2015

If you missed it, Hidden Killers of the Victorian Home is playing on iPlayer for the next 24 days here.

This is what I wrote about it when it was first aired in 2013 Hidden Killers of the Victorian Home

The Last Days of Anne Boleyn

Category : Blog · No Comments Mar 15th, 2015

This programme will be repeated on Tuesday 7th April, on The Yesterday Channel. You can see what I wrote about it when it was first broadcast here.

Quizeum

Category : Blog · No Comments Mar 9th, 2015

Had great fun (although initially dead nervous) on Monday night recording an episode of Quizeum – a new quiz show in – guess what – a museum! It’s presented by Griff Rhys Jones. The series starts to air on 25th March on BBC 4 (at around 8.30pm) and my episode, at the Museum of London, is about six in. I was in a team with Lars Tharp (whom you’ll know from the Antiques Roadshow) and we fought historians Hallie Rubenhold and Dan Snow. But the question is: who won?

Here’s the first trailer:

Quizeum episode 1 trailer

Three Female Historians

Category : Blog · No Comments Feb 28th, 2015

On 28th February 2015, the Daily Mail featured three female historians, including me:

Daily Mail - Three female historians

New mini-review of Visitor’s Companion to Tudor England

Category : Blog · No Comments Feb 15th, 2015

Thanks to Mick Symes, I’ve just found this rather lovely mini-review of A Visitor’s Companion to Tudor England, which is out in paperback…

Must Reads

How Recent is History?

Category : Blog · No Comments Jan 29th, 2015

In this History Today article I argue that a revolution in communications and new technology means that we now live in an age of speeded-up history. Historians should wake up to this shift – read it here.

Recorded history: a cameraman follows troop movements in Northern Iraq, 2014

Recorded history: a cameraman follows troop movements in Northern Iraq, 2014

Tudors – The Illustrated History

Category : Blog · No Comments Jan 25th, 2015

An edited extract from my Introduction to Richard Rex’s ‘Tudors’ was published in The Sunday Telegraph on 25th January 2015 – What’s So Gripping About The Tudors?

The dynasty was short-lived, insecure and suspicious, yet laid the foundations for our Navy, Church and Empire.

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THE TUDORS:  ILLUSTRATED HISTORY

By Richard Rex, and with an introduction by me.

Richard Rex Tudors, an illustrated history

I was delighted to write the introduction to this splendid book by Richard Rex. Don’t miss this one.

The Tudor Period is regarded by many as England’s golden age, and still casts a spell over the public imagination. Whether it is the glittering rule of Elizabeth, the ruthless power of her father Henry VIII, or the bloody and radical reign of Mary, the Tudors remain the most fascinating English dynasty. Richard Rex looks at how the public and private lives of the Tudors were inextricably linked, and how each Tudor monarch exuded charisma and danger in equal measure.

Available from Amberley Publishing with 25% off the RRP in November 2014: http://is.gd/skF5IA
Or from The Book Depositoryhttp://is.gd/9A9e2u

WOW! Damian Lewis read 1536 to prepare for his role as Henry VIII in Wolf Hall

Category : Blog · No Comments Jan 23rd, 2015

Well, I am astonished and delighted: Damian Lewis says that, among others (and as well as looking to Prince Harry!), he read my book on Henry VIII to prepare for his role in Wolf Hall:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/bbc/11358197/Damian-Lewiss-inspiration-for-Wolf-Halls-Henry-VIII-Wills-and-Harry.html

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Tonight we’re going to party like it’s 1599

Category : Blog · No Comments Jan 15th, 2015

I’ve written an article for The Times bringing together two of my great loves: the Tudors… and partying. ‘Tonight we’re going to party like it’s 1599′:

‘Partying like a Tudor is a serious endeavour. Henry VIII’s party without parallel, the Field of the Cloth of Gold — the Glastonbury of its day — lasted for three weeks. By contrast, Elizabeth I’s party at Sudeley Castle — for three days straight to celebrate the defeat of the Spanish Armada — was a bit lightweight. So you need to be prepared . . .’

Tonight we'll party like 1599

Henry and Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History

Category : Blog · No Comments Jan 12th, 2015

A little bird has told me that Henry and Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History premieres at 11.30am on Tuesday 13th January on the Australian History Channel.

Hidden Killers of the Tudor Home

Category : Blog · No Comments Jan 6th, 2015

It’s official, Hidden Killers of the Tudor Home will air on BBC 4 on Tuesday 20th January at 9pm.

Here’s the latest information from the BBC with me looking very sad at the prospect of all those killers!

Hidden Killers of the Tudor Home.

Hidden Killers of the Tudor Home

I Never Knew That About Britain

Category : Blog · No Comments Jan 6th, 2015

I Never Knew that About Britain will be on ITV on Wednesday nights, starting this week 7th January, at 11.40pm. The first unknown fact is the last invasion of Britain. This is the blurb from when it was on TV last year –  I Never Knew That About Britain

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The Last Days of Anne Boleyn

Category : Blog · No Comments Jan 6th, 2015

The Last Days of Anne Boleyn is being repeated on BBC 2 on Saturday 10th January at 7.30pm. This is a talking heads programme of historians and historical novelists, and includes  Greg Walker, Hilary Mantel, David Starkey, Philippa Gregory … a few others, and me! The Last Days of Anne Boleyn – BBC 2

Do watch!

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Historians need a Code of Conduct

Category : Blog · No Comments Dec 3rd, 2014

Historians, I argue in History Today, need a Code of Conduct:

Historians should adhere to a rigorous code of professional practice if they are to avoid the kinds of careless mistakes that bring their professional integrity into question.

http://www.historytoday.com/suzannah-lipscomb/code-conduct-historians

Historians should adhere to a rigorous code of professional practice if they are to avoid the kinds of careless mistakes that bring their professional integrity into question, says Suzannah Lipscomb.

Saint Jerome in his Study (detail) by Caravaggio, c.1606

 

A Visitor’s Companion to Tudor England is soon coming out in a new paperback.

Category : Blog · No Comments Dec 2nd, 2014

It looks rather splendid.

The King is Dead! The Last Will and Testament of Henry VIII

Category : Blog · No Comments Nov 26th, 2014

I’m battling hard to finish a little book by New Year. It’s to be called The King is Dead! The Last Will and Testament of Henry VIII, and, if I pull it off, will be published in the spring.

All encouragement welcome!

Update, Update – I finished it in the nick of time – never partied at New Year so hard – I had a lot to celebrate!

Review of ‘Thomas Cromwell’ by Tracy Boorman and ‘The Hollow Crown’ by Dan Jones

Category : Blog · No Comments Oct 30th, 2014

I’ve reviewed Tracy Borman and Dan Jones’s new books for the New Statesman – follow this link Behind the Mantel: in search of the real Thomas Cromwell.

To capitalise on the success of Wolf Hall or perhaps to offer an accurate historical account of Cromwell, there have been four recent or reissued biographies of Henry VIII’s first minister. Borman’s narrative adds a fifth.

Thomas Cromwell, Tracy Borman, Hodder & Stoughton, 464pp, £25 

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The Hollow Crown, Dan Jones, Faber & Faber, 480pp, £20

Dan Jones Hollow Crown

BBC History Magazine Weekend in Malmesbury 2014

Category : BBC History Magazine, Blog · No Comments Oct 20th, 2014

2014-10-18 16.18.51 Suzannah Lipscomb at MalmesburyThis year I was again delighted to be speaking at the BBC History Magazine Weekend in Malmesbury Abbey, and also to be interviewed by Sam Willis for a BBC History Magazine Podcast.