Linda Porter (historian)

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Linda Porter
Born1947
Exeter, Devon
NationalityBritish
GenreBiography, History
Website
www.lindaporter.net

Linda Porter is an historian and British novelist.

Early life[edit]

Porter was born in Exeter, Devon in 1947. Her family have long-standing connections to the West Country, but moved to the London area when she was a small child. She was educated at Walthamstow Hall School in Sevenoaks and at the University of York, from which she has a doctorate in History. On completing her postgraduate work, she moved to New York and lectured at Fordham University and the City University of New York.

Career[edit]

Porter moved back to England, and has worked as a journalist and been a senior adviser on international public relations to a major telecommunications company. In 2004 she won the Biographers Club/Daily Mail prize.[1] Her first book, Mary Tudor: The First Queen was published in 2007. It was a biography of Queen Mary I of England presented a view of Mary as a decisive and clear-headed ruler, and a skilled political and diplomatic operator.[2]

In 2010, her second book Katherine the Queen: The Remarkable Life of Katherine Parr was published.[3] This biography of Katherine Parr detailed her life as a queen and stepmother.[3]

Her third book, Crown of Thistles: The Fatal Inheritance of Mary Queen of Scots, was published by Macmillan in 2013.[4][5] It tells the story of a divided family and how Scotland and England because one nation.

In 2014 Dr. Porter continued to do public speaking and published articles and book reviews[6][7][8][9][10] as well as doing research for a fourth book.

Porter's fourth book, Royal Renegades: The Children of Charles I and the English Civil Wars follows the lives of Charles I’s family.[11]

The author’s fifth book, Mistresses: Sex and Scandal at the Court of Charles II, was published in the UK on 16 April 2020.

Personal life[edit]

Porter is married and has one daughter. She lives in Kent.

Published works[edit]

  • Mary Tudor: The First Queen (2007) ISBN 978-0-7499-5144-3
  • The First Queen of England: The Myth of "Bloody Mary" (2008) ISBN 978-0-312-36837-1
  • Katherine the Queen: The Remarkable Life of Katherine Parr" (2010) ISBN 978-0-230-71039-9
  • Katherine the Queen: The Remarkable Life of Katherine Parr, the Last Wife of Henry VIII" (2010) ISBN 978-0-312-38438-8
  • Crown of Thistles: The Fatal Inheritance of Mary Queen of Scots" (2013) ISBN 978-0-230-75364-8
  • Tudors Versus Stewarts: The Fatal Inheritance of Mary Queen of Scots" (2014) ISBN 978-0-312-59074-1
  • Royal Renegades: The Children of Charles I and the English Civil Wars" (2016) ISBN 978-1-4472-6754-6
  • Mistresses: Sex and Scandal at the Court of Charles II" (2020) ISBN 978-1-5098-7705-8

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Biographer's Club Prize, Previous Winners - Tony Lothian Prize. Her submission was Josephine’s Enemies. Retrieved 11 July 2014
  2. ^ Marshall, Peter. Not a real queen? What do historians have against England's earliest Queen regnant - a decisive and clear-headed ruler? The Times Literary Supplement, 22 July 2009.
  3. ^ a b Linda Porter's Web Site, Text by Dr. Porter.
  4. ^ Linda Porter's Web Site, About Linda.
  5. ^ Linda Porter's Web Site, Text by Dr. Porter.
  6. ^ Porter, Linda. Wearing the Breeches. Literary Review. September 2012, p. 25
  7. ^ Porter, Linda. The Queen and the Welshman. Literary Review. September 2013, p. 7
  8. ^ Porter, Linda. James IV Renaissance Monarch. History Today. September 2013, pp. 10-17
  9. ^ Porter, Linda. The Downfall of Mary Queen of Scots. BBC History. August 2013, pp. 52-57
  10. ^ Porter, Linda. Tending the White Rose. Literary Review. November 2013, pp. 8-10
  11. ^ Linda Porter's Web Site, Text by Dr. Porter.