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 (Head of Zeus).

Lauren holds a Double First in History and Masters in Medieval Historical Research from Oxford University. Her Masters thesis investigated ‘The Impact of the Wars of the Roses on Noblewomen’.

She is currently studying for a Collaborative Doctorate with Manchester Metropolitan University and the National Archives, exploring religion and refugees in Early Modern Europe.

Lauren has acted as Historical Consultant for a number of creative and heritage producers, including Sky History (‘Royal Bastards: The Rise of The Tudors’), Dante or Die, Untold Arts, Ellipsis Entertainment and Historic Royal Palaces.

Her research for Untold Arts 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, C5, Sky History).


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