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!
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
The Hollow Crown, Dan Jones, Faber & Faber, 480pp, £20
This 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.
I recently gave a talk at the Tower of London to Jardine Matheson Executives from Hong Kong on the leadership lessons we can learn from the Tudors (including what to avoid). Brilliant group; tremendous fun.
Blown away by this wonderful piece about NCH (and flattering mention of me) in The Daily Telegraph by History student Hugo Stevensen.
I was honoured to be a judge at this year’s Inspiration Awards for Women. Here are some of the highlights from the 2014 Awards for Women supporting Breakthrough Breast Cancer at Cadogan Hall, London, England. The event acknowledges inspirational women and raises money and profile for the charity.
Poirot or Scheherazade? I ask: must historians choose between academic analysis and popular narrative, in my latest column in History Today.
I’m cracking on with a new book – on Henry VIII’s last will – so hopefully some things will be coming your way before too long.
I spent 7th August recording a BBC History Magazine podcast interview about the wars of the roses, the fifteenth century, and the art and science of writing history, interrogating Dan Jones. The podcast is live on the BBC History Mag website. We also deviated into the writing of popular history, whether Richard III was a tyrant and other assorted matters
Dan is to present the book in a new series soon, which you must watch on Channel 5.
On 30 July, at 9pm, for those in the UK, I’m was one of ten presenters counting down the World’s Worst Natural Disasters on More 4. Mine was historic and devastated the globe in the 14th century, and it got No. 1 billing…
In my July 2014 column for History Today, I reflected on feelings and friendship in the past…. How Does It Feel?
I was on the panel for BBC4’s Making History at this years Chalke Valley History Festival? The other panelists were Jon Snow, David Reynolds, and Andrea Wulf. The programme was aired on 12th August, 2014.
Whilst there I also gave a talk entitled Magnificence, Love and Scaffolds.
I’ve devised and will be leading this Tudor Tour with Historical Trips in September 2015.
First day today filming the new episode of Hidden Killers, this time of the Tudor home. With Dr Steven Gunn, soundman Hywel Jones, executive producer Jobim Sampson, and the perfectly named cameraman, Tudor Evans.
For all you lovely people who might want to watch it, it will air as part of the BBC Wolf Hall season, probably in early 2015.
In advance of my Henry and Anne series, I joined the panel of The Wright Stuff as the day’s special guest on Thursday 20 February. We discussed Edward Snowden’s appointment as Rector of Glasgow University, why feminism is considered by some to be an ugly word, which period in history we’d like to return to with a time machine, and whether manufacturers should label alcohol with the number of calories it contains.
On 29th April, 2014 I went on the set of a new TV mini-series about The Great Fire of London which series began airing on 16th October. The cast is incredible: Jack Huston, Rose Leslie and Charles Dance (Game of Thrones – Ygritte and Tywin Lannister), Daniel Mays (whom I last saw in Mojo), Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Andrew Buchan and Perdita Weeks, whose sister I used to audition with as a child. And it’s written by: Tom Bradby, the ITV News Political Editor.