|Born||Helen Ruth Castor
4 August 1968
|Education||Gonville and Caius College|
Helen Ruth Castor (born 4 August 1968 in Cambridge) is an English historian of the medieval 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.
Early life and education
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.
Castor works extensively for the BBC including presenting Radio 4's Making History and She-Wolves on BBC Four. In 2013 she was a member of the winning team on Christmas University Challenge, representing Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge.
Castor's book Blood and Roses (2004) is a biography of the 15th-century Paston family, whose letters are the earliest surviving collection of private correspondence in the English language. Blood and Roses was long-listed 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.
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.
Castor lives in London with her son.
- The King, the Crown, and the Duchy of Lancaster: Public Authority and Private Power, 1399-1461 (2000) Oxford University Press ISBN 0198206224
- Blood & Roses (2005) Faber and Faber 
- She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth (2010) Faber and Faber 
- Joan of Arc: A History (2014) Faber and Faber 
- A Renaissance Education: The Schooling of Thomas More's Daughter (2011) BBC Four
- She-Wolves: England's Early Queens (2012) BBC Four
- Medieval Lives: Birth, Marriage and Death (2013) BBC Four
- Joan of Arc: God's Warrior (2015) BBC Two
- "The Real Versailles" (2016) BBC Two
- BBC Radio 4 - England: Made in the Middle (2016)
- Profile at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.
- Personal Website.
- Kings High School, Warwick. OGA
- Radio and TV credits
- longlist Samuel Johnson Prize
- "Books of the year" 25 November 2011 The Guardian
- Books info
- BBC Four She Wolves, 2012
- History Today 16 June 2011, "Interview: Helen Castor"
- Natasha Onwuemezi, "Rankin, McDermid and Levy named new RSL fellows", The Bookseller, 7 June 2017.
- "Current RSL Fellows". Royal Society of Literature. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
- Faber profile
- "The Real Versailles - BBC Two". BBC. Retrieved 2016-07-23.