Lauren Main Pic

author • historian • TV & radio contributor • researcher • storyteller • costumed interpreter • workshop facilitator • heritage consultant


Lauren is the author of The Arrow of Sherwood (Pen & Sword Fiction), a historical fiction which roots the mythic figure of Robin Hood in the complex reality of the twelfth century; and 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.

She is currently working on a biography of Henry VI, the king whose turbulent reign caused the end of the Hundred Years War and the outbreak of the Wars of the Roses.

The Arrows of Sherwood

The Arrow of Sherwood

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 Saul

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So Great A Prince

So Great a Prince

Ingenious… An assured and eye-opening introduction to the England of 1509.

Times Literary Supplement

A gripping and important work from a very talented new writer.

Dan Jones

A fascinating and original book... 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 Lyons

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