| London, England|
| Helen Ruth Castor|
4 August 1968 (age 47) (1968-08-04) Cambridge, England
Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
Sheâ€‘Wolves: The Women, Blood and Roses, The king - the crown - and the D, Joan of Arc: A History
Suzannah Lipscomb, Amanda Vickery, Lucy Worsley, Dan Jones, Alison Weir
Helen Castor Wikipedia
Helen Ruth Castor (born 4 August 1968 in Cambridge) is an English historian of the medieval period and a BBC broadcaster. She was a lecturer in history at Cambridge University and is the author of Blood & Roses (2005) and She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth (2010). Programmes she has presented include BBC Radio 4's Making History and She-Wolves on BBC Four.
Helen Castor graduated from The King's High School for Girls, Warwick, in 1986, and then completed a BA and a PhD at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. She was elected to a Research Fellowship at Jesus College. She is a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College.
Castor was Director of History at Sidney Sussex College for eight years before focusing on writing and media.
Castor works extensively for the BBC including presenting Radio 4's Making History and She-Wolves on BBC Four. In 2013 she was a member of the winning team on Christmas University Challenge, representing Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge.
She writes for the books pages of The Guardian, Sunday Telegraph, Sunday Times, The Times Literary Supplement and The Times Educational Supplement.
Castor's book Blood and Roses (2004) is a biography of the 15th-century Paston family, whose letters are the earliest surviving collection of private correspondence in the English language. Blood and Roses was long-listed for the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction in 2005. It was also awarded the Beatrice White Prize for outstanding scholarly work in the field of English literature before 1590, by the English Association in 2006.
She-Wolves (2010) was voted one of the books of the year in the Guardian, Times, Sunday Times, Independent, Financial Times and BBC History Magazine. BBC Four televised a three-part series based on the book in 2012, presented by Castor.
Castor was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2017.
Castor lives in London with her son.The King, the Crown, and the Duchy of Lancaster: Public Authority and Private Power, 1399-1461 (2000) Oxford University Press ISBN 0198206224
Blood & Roses (2005) Faber and Faber
She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth (2010) Faber and Faber
Joan of Arc: A History (2014) Faber and Faber
A Renaissance Education: The Schooling of Thomas More's Daughter (2011) BBC Four
She-Wolves: England's Early Queens (2012) BBC Four
Medieval Lives: Birth, Marriage and Death (2013) BBC Four
Joan of Arc: God's Warrior (2015) BBC Two
"The Real Versailles" (2016) BBC Two
BBC Radio 4 - England: Made in the Middle (2016)