Lars Brownworth, an author and former United States history and political science teacher at The Stony Brook School, is the creator of the top 50 podcast, 12 Byzantine Rulers: The History of the Byzantine Empire. This podcast was created on a whim by Lars and his brother, Anders Brownworth. Often mistaken for a college professor, Lars was, in fact, a high school history teacher at the time the podcast was produced.
On August 15, 2007 Mr. Brownworth announced that he had resigned from teaching in order to work on a book with Crown Publishing titled Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire that Rescued Western Civilization, which was published on September 15, 2009. On January 3, 2014 Mr. Brownworth released his second book, The Normans: From Raiders to Kings. His third book, titled The Sea Wolves: A History of the Vikings, was published in December 2014. He maintains a blog called Finding History where he responds to reader and listener submitted questions.
In August 2011 Mr. Brownworth returned to the classroom at La Lumiere School, a coeducational boarding school in La Porte, Indiana.
He has been interviewed by the New York Times and NPR's "Here and Now", has written for The Wall Street Journal and resides in Maryland with his wife. He currently is the Chair of the History Department at Washington Christian Academy in Olney, Maryland.