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 acted as Historical Consultant for Untold Arts, for their pieces Lady Unknown and Catalina. Her research into Catalina of Motril, Catherine of Aragon’s Moorish bedchamber servant, is published in an entry for Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2019).
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).
Photo Credits: 3rd Photo - Joe Martin at moemario.com
Researching & writing digital missions for families at the Tower of London:
What a gem Lauren was to work with on the digital missions! She brought huge amounts of knowledge, a trove of ideas and, best of all, lots of enthusiasm. We'd happily have her in to work with us time and time again.
Katherine Bigg, Multichannel Producer
Chairing the talk, Anne Boleyn: Her Life in the Shadow of the Tower, for Historic Royal Palaces:
Thank you for chairing our event with poise, knowledge, and humour. We’d be delighted to work with Lauren again in the future.’
Susie Thornberry, Learning Producer for the Events & Partnerships Team, Historic Royal Palaces
An amazing night at the Tower... and a terrific MC!
Lauren MacKay, author of Inside the Tudor Court.
Dr Suzannah Lipscomb
History & Storytelling workshop at Abbeywood School, Bristol:
It was a great opportunity and Lauren was a fantastic teacher. Lauren helped us develop stories rooted in historical fact and helped everyone. It was an amazing day and I hope we get to experience something like it again.
Students at Abbeywood.
What a fantastic experience for our year 9 students, who spent the day combining their love of history with a passion for drama and creative writing. It was inspiring to see them draw on new and previous knowledge to create new ideas. Lauren was brilliant with our students and we would thoroughly recommend the workshop to other schools.
Laura Storey, teacher at Abbeywood.