Elizabeth Norton

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Elizabeth Norton is a British historian specialising in the queens of England and the Tudor period.[1] She obtained a Master of Arts in Archaeology and Anthropology from the University of Cambridge, being awarded a Double First Class degree, and a master's degree in European Archaeology from the University of Oxford. She is the author of thirteen non-fiction books.[2]


Norton grew up in Steyning, West Sussex and attended Steyning Grammar School. She studied Archaeology and Anthropology at New Hall, Cambridge, and later completed a master's degree in European Archaeology at Hertford College, Oxford.

She was a member of a university research group led by Jeremy Keenan to the Algerian Sahara which surveyed prehistoric rock art and travelled with the Tuareg people. The anthropologist Mary Ann Craig was also a member of this group. Norton has also carried out archaeological fieldwork in Hungary.[3]

Her television appearances include Bloody Tales of the Tower (National Geographic), The Book Show (Sky Arts), Flog It (BBC1), BBC Breakfast (BBC1). She regularly appears as an expert on BBC London News and is often featured on radio, including The Robert Elms Show on BBC London.

Norton lives in Kingston upon Thames with her husband and sons.[3]

Published works[edit]

Elizabeth Norton is the author of thirteen non-fiction works: She Wolves, The Notorious Queens of England (The History Press, 2008); Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's Obsession (Amberley, 2008); Jane Seymour, Henry VIII's True Love (Amberley, 2009); Anne of Cleves, Henry VIII's Discarded Bride (Amberley, 2009); Catherine Parr (Amberley, 2010);[4] Margaret Beaufort, Mother of the Tudor Dynasty (Amberley, 2010); Anne Boleyn, In Her Own Words and the Words of Those Who Knew Her (Amberley, 2011); England's Queens: The Biography (Amberley, 2011), Bessie Blount (Amberley, 2011), The Boleyn Women (Amberley, 2013), Elfrida: The First Crowned Queen of England (Amberley, 2013), The Tudor Treasury (Andre Deutsch, 2014) and The Temptation of Elizabeth Tudor (Head of Zeus, 2015). She is also the author of a number of articles, including: Anne of Cleves and Richmond Palace (Surrey History, 2009) [5] and Scandinavian Influences in the Late Anglo-Saxon Sculpture of Sussex (Sussex Archaeological Collections, 2009).[6] She regularly writes for history and family history magazines, including BBC History Magazine, Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine and Your Family Tree Magazine.


  1. ^ "Interview with Elizabeth Norton". The Anne Boleyn Files. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 13 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Results for 'Elizabeth Norton' > 'Elizabeth Norton' > 'Book' [WorldCat.org]". Retrieved 8 May 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Elizabeth Norton - Home". Retrieved 8 May 2016. 
  4. ^ Norton, E. Catherine Parr (Amberley, 2010), author information
  5. ^ Surrey History 2009
  6. ^ SAC 2009