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Nationality  British
Fields  History
Education  University of Oxford

Role  historian
Name  Suzannah Lipscomb
Ex-spouse  Drake Lawhead
Suzannah Lipscomb smiling with curly blonde hair placed on her left shoulder and a nose piercing, wearing a lengthy white beaded necklace over a red sleeveless and a white sleeved blouse underneath.

Residence  Barnes, London, England
Institutions  University of East AngliaNew College of the Humanities
Alma mater  Lincoln College, Oxford, MA (Oxon)Balliol College, Oxford, D.Phil
Thesis  Maids, Wives, and Mistresses: Disciplined Women in Reformation Languedoc (2009)
Marriage location  Hampton Court Palace, Molesey, United Kingdom
Books  1536: The Year that Changed, A Visitor's Companion to Tudor, Journey Through Tudor En, A Journey Through Tudor En
Similar People  Lucy Worsley, David Starkey, Sam Willis, Kate Williams, Janina Ramirez

Born  7 December 1978 (age 42)


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Suzannah Rebecca Gabriella Lipscomb (born 1978) is a British historian, academic and television presenter who has written and appeared in a number of television and radio programmes about British history.


Suzannah Lipscomb smiling with curly blonde hair and a piercing on the left side of her nose, sitting on a red couch with a window behind. She has a lengthy pendant necklace, and a gold watch on her left wrist, wearing a blue belt with gold accent over a navy blue dress.

Witch Hunt: A Century of Murder with Suzannah Lipscomb

Early life and education

Suzannah Lipscomb smiling with a curly blonde hair placed on her right shoulder, and a piercing on her left side of the nose, holding her hands together with red polished nails, gold rings, and dangling earrings, wearing a pair of pants with a brown belt, and a pink striped shirt under a blue knitted jacket.

Lipscomb grew up in Surrey near Hampton Court Palace which she credits for sowing "the seeds of a lifelong fascination with the Tudors". She was educated at Nonsuch High School for Girls, Epsom College, and Lincoln and Balliol colleges of the University of Oxford. She was awarded her Doctorate of Philosophy from Oxford in 2009 with a dissertation entitled Maids, Wives, and Mistresses: Disciplined Women in Reformation Languedoc.

Suzannah Lipscomb smiling and sitting on the armrest of a red couch with crossed legs while her left arm is leaning on top of the couch with red-polished nails and a piercing on her left side of the nose and a window with brown curtains in the background. She has a lengthy pendant necklace and a gold watch on her left wrist. She is wearing skin-toned stockings and navy blue shoes and wearing a blue belt with a gold accent over a navy blue dress.

While completing her dissertation she also worked as a curator at Hampton Court Palace where she was responsible for organising a series of exhibitions held throughout the spring and summer of 2009 to mark the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII of England's accession to the throne. The programme won the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) sponsored KTP Award for Humanities for the Creative Economy. See page 20 of. She is a consultant to Historic Royal Palaces and is an external member of their research strategy board.

Personal life

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In May 2016, Lipscomb was one of 300 prominent historians, including Simon Schama and Niall Ferguson, who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian warning voters that if they chose to leave the European Union on 23 June they would be condemning Britain to irrelevance.


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Lipscomb was a lecturer in history at the University of East Anglia. In 2011 Lipscomb was awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Council-sponsored KTP Award, "Humanities for the Creative Economy".

In 2011 Lipscomb was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

From September 2011 she was Head of the Faculty of History at the New College of the Humanities, stepping down in September 2016 to concentrate on research and teaching for a further year before joining the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Roehampton in September 2017 as a Reader in Early Modern History. Lipscomb also serves as a governor at Epsom College.

In 2012 Lipscomb was awarded the Nancy Lyman 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).

She contributed to five episodes of The Secret Life Of: for the Yesterday Channel. The series was designed to give "tabloid treatment of historical icons" and includes an episode where Lipscomb and co-host Lucy Worsley "revel in these raunchy titbits" about Henry VIII's love life. Lipscomb also contributed to Time Team, Series 20, for Channel 4.

With Joe Crowley she presented Bloody Tales of Europe and Bloody Tales of the Tower for the National Geographic Channel.

In May 2013 Lipscomb appeared in The Last Days of Anne Boleyn on BBC Two with other historians and historical novelists, including David Starkey, Philippa Gregory and Hilary Mantel.

Lipscomb co-presented I Never Knew That About Britain, for ITV (2014). The series was described by The Independent's critic Ellen Jones as "too busy adorning the obvious with bunting to uncover anything truly fascinating".

She wrote and presented a two-part documentary Henry and Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History for Channel 5. The Daily Telegraph critic Jake Wallis Simons called it "dumbed-down tommyrot". However, the Radio Times said "Dr Suzannah Lipscomb can manage the story of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn perfectly well all by herself [without "ropey reconstructions"]".

She wrote and presented Hidden Killers of the Victorian Home for BBC Four, as well as the follow up shows New Hidden Killers of the Victorian Home, Hidden Killers of the Edwardian Home, and Hidden Killers of the Tudor Home. Clive James writing in the Daily Telegraph gave Hidden Killers of the Edwardian Home a positive review, "principally because Ms Lipscomb was almost as fascinating as her subject". In May 2016, she wrote and presented Hidden Killers of the Post-War Home, again for BBC Four.

In October 2015 Lipscomb wrote and presented Witch Hunt: A Century of Murder, a two-part documentary for Channel 5.

In January 2016 she appeared on the BBC Two comedy panel game show Insert Name Here, and again in January 2017 she appeared in two episodes of Insert Name Here.

In April 2016, she co-wrote and co-presented, with Dan Jones, Henry VIII and His Six Wives, which was shown on Channel 5.

On 13 December 2016 she appeared as a contestant on Series 6 of Celebrity Antiques Road Trip, partnered with David Harper, against Kate Williams and Catherine Southon.

In January 2017 Lipscomb spoke about how C.S. Lewis had inspired her life on BBC Radio 4's Great Lives Series, together with Malcolm Guite.

In January 2017 Lipscomb appeared on BBC Radio 4's Today programme to discuss the Archbishop of Canterbury's expected apology for the violence that followed the Protestant Reformation to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

In May 2017, she co-wrote and co-presented a three-part docu-drama, with Dan Jones, Elizabeth I, for Channel 5.

For three consecutive evenings in May and June 2017 Lipscomb, with Dan Jones and engineer, Rob Bell presented, The Great Fire, for Channel 5, a series in which the three presenters walked the actual route the Great Fire of London took across the city.


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