Lauren Johnson is a historian of the Fifteenth and Early Sixteenth Centuries.

This era is the setting for her non-fiction works, So Great a Prince (an exploration of daily life in the first year of Henry VIII’s reign), Shadow King (a biography of King Henry VI) and her forthcoming biography of Margaret Beaufort.

Lauren holds a Double First in History and Masters in Medieval Historical Research from Oxford University. For eight years she was Research Manager for Past Pleasures Ltd, the UK’s oldest professional costumed historical interpretation company, working primarily at the Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace.

Her research has particularly focussed on Women’s History in the late medieval period, and her Masters thesis investigated ‘The Impact of the Wars of the Roses on Noblewomen’.

Lauren has acted as Historical Consultant for a number of theatrical and heritage producers, including Dante or Die, Untold Arts, Ellipsis Entertainment and Historic Royal Palaces. Her research for Untold into Catalina of Motril, Catherine of Aragon’s Moorish bedchamber servant, has been published in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Lauren has written articles and appeared on podcasts for History Today, BBC History, and History Hit. She has also written for Open Democracy, All About History and History Revealed. Her work in costumed historical interpretation was featured in Stylist magazine.

Lauren has contributed to a number of TV History programmes (C4, ITV, BBC).


Book Talk in BristolWith Tony RobinsonDressed as Katherine Parr

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