Amanda Vickery

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Amanda Vickery
Born 1962
Preston, Lancashire, UK
Residence London
Citizenship British
Fields Modern history
Institutions Queen Mary, University of London
Alma mater Bedford College, London
Thesis Women of the local elite in Lancashire, 1750-c.1825 (1991)
Doctoral advisor Penelope J. Corfield

Amanda Jane Vickery (born 8 December 1962) is a British historian, writer, radio and television presenter, and professor of early modern history at Queen Mary, University of London.

Education and career[edit]

Vickery was born in Preston, Lancashire, and attended Penwortham Girls' Grammar School.[1] She graduated from the former Bedford College, London (now part of Royal Holloway, University of London), where she completed her PhD in Modern History.[2]

Vickery is professor of early modern history at Queen Mary, University of London, and has held academic posts at Royal Holloway, University of London, and the University of York. Her academic interests encompass the Late Modern period from the seventeenth century to the present with a strong emphasis on the Georgian period in England.


She has written widely on social history, literature, the history of romance and the home, politics, law and crime with an emphasis on women's studies and feminism.

In 1998 she published her first book The Gentleman's Daughter: Women's Lives in Georgian England, for which she received the Whitfield prize, the Wolfton History prize and the Longman-History Today prize.[3]

In 2006 she co-edited Gender, Taste, and Material Culture in Britain and North America, 1700-1830.[4]

In 2009 Vickery's Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Georgian England was published. The book was a well received work.[5][6]


Vickery has contributed to many Open University history programmes.

In November 2010 she presented At Home with the Georgians, a three-part television series produced by Matchlight for the BBC, based on her book Behind Closed Doors.[7]

In December 2011 she presented The Many Lovers of Jane Austen, again produced by Matchlight for BBC Two.[8]

In May 2013 Vickery co-presented Pride and Prejudice: Having a Ball alongside Alistair Sooke. The one-off episode recreated a regency ball, the social event at the heart of Pride and Prejudice, to mark the 200th anniversary of the novel's release.

Year Title Channel Notes
2014 The Story of Women and Art BBC Two Three Part Series. 16 May 2014
2013 Pride and Prejudice: Having a Ball BBC Two 10 May 2013
2011 The Many Lovers of Miss Jane Austen BBC Two 23 December 2011
2010 At Home with the Georgians BBC Two Three Part Series. 2 December 2010


Vickery is a regular contributor to arts, history, and cultural review programmes broadcast by BBC Radio. She has appeared on BBC Radio 4's In Our Time, Saturday Review, and Start the Week.

In 2009 she wrote and presented the 30-part series A History of Private Life on BBC Radio 4,[9] which received critical acclaim.[10][11][12][13] It has since been made into a BBC CD.[14]

In 2010, she presented the four-part BBC Radio 4 history series Voices from the Old Bailey.[15][16] Vickery makes programmes for Radio 4 through independent production company Loftus Audio.[17]

In March 2011 she was a guest on Private Passions, the biographical music discussion programme on BBC Radio 3.[18]


  • The Gentleman's Daughter: Women's Lives in Georgian England (1998) ISBN 0300102224
  • [ed.] Gender, Taste, and Material Culture in Britain and North America, 1700-1830 (2006) ISBN 0300116594
  • Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Georgian England (2009) ISBN 0300168969

"Women, Privilege, and Power" (2001)


  1. ^ "Amanda Vickery: Preston's history woman". Lancashire Life. 31 January 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Amanda Vickery website Retrieved 26 August 2010
  3. ^ Amanda Vickery's biography on the Royal Holloway website
  4. ^ Vickery A. and Styles J., eds. (2006). Gender, Taste, and Material Culture in Britain and North America, 1700-1830. New Haven: Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-300-11659-5
  5. ^ Kathryn Hughes "Behind Closed Doors by Amanda Vicker", The Guardian, 24 October 2009
  6. ^ Dominic Sandbrook "History Books of the Year", Daily Telegraph, 26 November 2009
  7. ^ "At Home with the Georgians". BBC. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "The Many Lovers of Jane Austen". BBC Media Centre. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  9. ^ BBC Radio 4
  10. ^ The Daily Telegraph review
  11. ^ The Guardian review
  12. ^ The Independent review
  13. ^ The Guardian review
  14. ^ Amazon
  15. ^ BBC Radio 4 'Voices from the Old Bailey' Retrieved 28 August 2010
  16. ^ The Independent review
  17. ^ Loftus Audio
  18. ^ BBC Radio 3

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