About

Professor Suzannah Lipscomb is an award-winning historian, author, and broadcaster.

Historian

Suzannah Lipscomb is Emeritus Professor at the University of Roehampton, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a columnist for History Today.

She received a double First, MSt, and DPhil in History from Lincoln and Balliol Colleges, Oxford. At Balliol, she held a Jowett Senior Scholarship.

Suzannah was formerly a Research Curator at Hampton Court Palace, and has won awards for her work in the heritage sector, including as Creative Director of the National Trust’s recent exhibition at Hardwick Hall, “We Are Bess.”

She has published articles in all the major newspapers and history magazines. In 2020, she was Chair of Judges of the Costa Book of the Year Award, and since 2020 has been a Trustee of the Mary Rose Trust.

 

Broadcaster

Suzannah is well-known as a broadcast historian, having written and presented numerous documentary series. These include Walking Tudor EnglandLondon: 2000 Years of HistoryElizabeth IThe Great Fire of London, and Witches: A Century of Murder for Channel 5. All were broadcast in the US on Netflix.

She presented the Hidden Killers of the… Home series for BBC 4 (PBS), two Bloody Tales series for National Geographic, and Nicholas and AlexandraThe Letters with Suzannah Lipscomb for UKTV (APT/PBS). Suzannah was also host and writer of Henry and Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History and co-writer/co-host of Henry VIII and His Six Wives. The Sunday Times praised it for “telling overlooked stories here, treating the wives in Henry's life as queens and women, rather than marital appendages.”

Suzannah featured throughout BBC 2 (PBS)’s The Last Days of Anne Boleyn. She appeared as resident historian on BBC 2’s comedy panel show, Insert Name Here, and on Channel 4’s Time Team. 

She also presented the award-winning podcast Irreplaceable: A History of England in 100 Places and is the writer and presenter of the chart-topping podcast, Not Just the Tudors, from History Hit. It had 1.5 million downloads in its first six months. The Financial Times has described Suzannah as “a fluent broadcaster with mass appeal whose academic work exemplifies scholarly rigour.”

 

Author

Suzannah is the author of five books on the sixteenth century. She published her first book 1536: The Year that Changed Henry VIII in 2009 (Lion Hudson), followed by A Visitor's Companion in Tudor England (Ebury; 2012; Pegasus, 2013), The King is Dead: The Last Will and Testament of Henry VIII (Head of Zeus, 2015; Pegasus, 2016), and Witchcraft (Penguin Ladybird, 2018).

Her most recent book was The Voices of Nîmes: Women, Sex, and Marriage in Reformation Languedoc (Oxford University Press, 2019). The TLS described the book as 'captivating'. Literary Review called it 'a finely wrought and colourful mosaic', and History Today said it was 'proficient, passionate, and witty'. Professor Sir Simon Schama described it 'a beautiful book, grippingly written, and destined to be a classic of social history'. The Social History Society Book Prize awarded The Voices of Nîmes a Special Commendation.

Suzannah also co-edited, with Tom Betteridge, Henry VIII and the Court: Art, Politics, and Performance (Ashgate, 2013). With Helen Carr, she edited What is History, Now? (Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 2021). For this, Suzannah co-wrote the introduction and contributed an essay called ‘How can we recover the lost lives of women?’