|Dr Helen Castor|
|Education||Gonville and Caius College|
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
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.
Castor has worked extensively for the BBC, presenting Radio 4's Making History. 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. 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. BBC Four televised a three-part series based on the book in 2012, presented by Castor.
She lives in London with her son and husband.
- Blood & Roses (2005) Faber and Faber 
- She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth (2010) Faber and Faber 
- Medieval Lives:Birth,Marriage and Death (2013) BBC 4