author • historian • TV & radio contributor • researcher • storyteller • costumed interpreter • workshop facilitator • heritage consultant
An author and historian with a passion for storytelling, Lauren Johnson has a degree and Masters in History from Oxford University and currently works in heritage as a research manager and costumed interpreter.
Her debut novel, The Arrow of Sherwood, was published by Pen & Sword Fiction. An origin story of ‘Robin Hood’, it roots the mythic figure in the complex reality of the twelfth century.
Lauren’s most recent book is So Great a Prince: England and the Accession of Henry VIII (Head of Zeus), which explores the political intrigues of Henry VIII’s first year as king alongside the daily lives of his subjects.
I have read many takes on Robin Hood over the years but this book has been, by far, my favourite.
Mighty refreshing to read something both well-written AND accurately researched. Top form.
Dr. Annie Gray
I much enjoyed The Arrow of Sherwood. It offers an original modern re-working of the medieval tale, avoiding anachronisms while offering rich period detail. Many congratulations!’
Professor Nigel SaulBuy The Book
Lauren Johnson is a terrific guide to a country on the brink of profound and permanent change, connecting everyday life with the thrust of great political events. This is a gripping and important work from a very talented new writer.
A fascinating and original book, So Great a Prince is a richly textured journey through a pivotal but often overlooked year in English history. Johnson is a fine historian with a superb eye for detail. She will be at the forefront of British historical writing for a long time to come.
Mathew LyonsBuy The Book