Sarah Gristwood

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Sarah Gristwood is an English journalist and author.[1] She was born in Kent and educated at St Anne's College, Oxford.[1]

As a journalist she has written for a number of British papers, including The Times, The Guardian and the Telegraph.[2] She has written historical biographies as well as fiction, and has contributed to television documentaries.[2]

Gristwood's historical biography, Arbella: England's Lost Queen is about Lady Arbella Stuart, an English noblewoman who was considered a possible successor to Elizabeth I. In a review in The Times, Kevin Sharpe wrote, "Sarah Gristwood presents a powerful story of the dynastic insecurity of the Tudors and Stuarts, and of the vulnerability of Elizabeth and James to foreign and domestic intrigues."[3]

Her book, Game of Queens: The Women Who Made Sixteenth-Century Europe, focuses on five queens: Catherine de Medici, Anne Boleyn, Mary I of England, Elizabeth I, and Mary, Queen of Scots.[4]

She has appeared in the movie Venice/Venice (1992), and as herself in the television series Stars of the Silver Screen (2011) and Discovering Fashion: The Designers (2015).[5]

Gristwood is married to the historian and film critic, Derek Malcolm.[6]


  • Arbella: England's Lost Queen (2005). Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 9780618341337
  • Elizabeth and Leicester: The Truth about the Virgin Queen and the Man She Loved (2008). Penguin Books. ISBN 9780143114499
  • Blood Sisters: The Women Behind the Wars of the Roses (2012). Harper Press. ISBN 9780007309290
  • Game of Queens: The Women Who Made Sixteenth-Century Europe (2016). Basic Books. ISBN 9780465096787
  • The Story of Beatrix Potter (2016) United Kingdom: Pavilion Books. ISBN 9781909881808


  1. ^ a b "Sarah Gristwood". HarperCollins. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Sarah Gristwood". Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  3. ^ Sharpe, Kevin (2 February 2003). "Review: Biography: Arbella, England's Lost Queen by Sarah Gristwood". The Sunday times. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  4. ^ Dunant, Sarah (2 December 2016). "Women of Thrones". New York Times. Retrieved 16 February 2008.
  5. ^ "Sarah Gristwood". IMDb. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Skeletons in the Closet". Evening Standard. 6 March 2003. Retrieved 16 February 2018.

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