Helen Castor

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Dr Helen Castor
Residence London
Nationality British
Education Gonville and Caius College
Occupation Author
Children 1 son

Helen Castor is an English historian of the mediaeval period and a BBC broadcaster. She was a lecturer in history at Cambridge University and is the author of Blood & Roses (2005) and She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth (2010). Programmes she has presented include BBC Radio 4's Making History and She-Wolves on BBC Four.

Life and work[edit]

Helen Castor graduated from The King's High School for Girls, Warwick, in 1986, and then completed a BA and a PhD at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. She was elected to a Research Fellowship at Jesus College. She is a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College and directed history there for eight years before focusing on writing.[1][2][3]

Castor has worked extensively for the BBC, presenting Radio 4's Making History.[4] She writes for the books pages of the Guardian, Sunday Telegraph, Sunday Times, Times Literary Supplement and the Times Educational Supplement. Castor's book Blood and Roses (2004) is a biography of the fifteenth-century Paston family, whose letters are the earliest surviving collection of private correspondence in the English language. Blood and Roses was longlisted for the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction in 2005.[5] It was also awarded the Beatrice White Prize for outstanding scholarly work in the field of English literature before 1590, by the English Association in 2006.

Castor's book She-Wolves (2010) was voted one of the books of the year in the Guardian, Times, Sunday Times, Independent, Financial Times and BBC History Magazine.[6][7] BBC Four televised a three-part series based on the book in 2012, presented by Castor.[8][9]

She lives in London with her son and husband.[2]


  • Blood & Roses (2005) Faber and Faber [10]
  • She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth (2010) Faber and Faber [10]


  • Medieval Lives:Birth,Marriage and Death (2013) BBC 4


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