Suzannah Lipscomb

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Suzannah Lipscomb
Suzannah Lipscomb 2013.jpg
Lipscomb speaking in 2013
Born 1978 (age 37–38)[1]
Residence Barnes, London, England[2]
Nationality British
Fields History
Alma mater
Thesis Maids, Wives, and Mistresses: Disciplined Women in Reformation Languedoc (2009)

Suzannah Lipscomb (born 1978) is a British historian and television presenter who has written and appeared in a number of television series about British history.

Early life and education[edit]

Lipscomb grew up in Surrey near Hampton Court Palace which she credits for sowing "the seeds of a lifelong fascination with the Tudors."[3] She was educated at Epsom College, and Lincoln and Balliol colleges of the University of Oxford.[4][5][6] She was awarded her Doctorate of Philosophy from Oxford in 2009 with a dissertation entitled Maids, Wives, and Mistresses: Disciplined Women in Reformation Languedoc.[7] While completing her dissertation she also worked as a curator at Hampton Court Palace where she was responsible for organising a series of exhibitions held throughout the spring and summer of 2009 to mark the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII of England's accession to the throne.[6] She is a consultant to Historic Royal Palaces and is an external member of their research strategy board.[8]


Lipscomb was a lecturer in history at the University of East Anglia.[9] In 2011 Lipscomb was awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Council-sponsored KTP Award, "Humanities for the Creative Economy".[10]

She is Head of Faculty and a Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at the New College of the Humanities,[11] having joined its faculty in 2011[12] and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.[13] Lipscomb also serves as a governor at Epsom College.[14]

In 2012 Lipscomb was awarded the Nancy Lyman Roelker Prize by the Sixteenth Century Society for her journal article, Crossing Boundaries: Women’s Gossip, Insults and Violence in Sixteenth-Century France in French History (Vol 25, No. 4).[15][16]

She contributed to five episodes of The Secret Life Of: for the Yesterday Channel.[17] The series was designed to give "tabloid treatment of historical icons"[18] and includes an episode where Lipscomb and co-host Lucy Worsley "revel in these raunchy titbits" about Henry VIII's love life.[19] Lipscomb also contributed to Time Team, Series 20, for Channel 4.[20]

With Joe Crowley she presented Bloody Tales of Europe and Bloody Tales of the Tower for National Geographic Channel.[21][22]

In May 2013 Lipscomb appeared in The Last Days of Anne Boleyn BBC2 with other historians and historical novelists, including David Starkey, Philippa Gregory and Hilary Mantel.[23]

Lipscomb co-presented I Never Knew That About Britain, for ITV (2014). The series was described by The Independent's critic Ellen Jones as "too busy adorning the obvious with bunting to uncover anything truly fascinating".[24]

She wrote and presented a two-part documentary Henry and Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History[25] for Channel 5. The Daily Telegraph critic Jake Wallis Simons called it "dumbed-down tommyrot".[26][27] However, the Radio Times said "Dr Suzannah Lipscomb can manage the story of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn perfectly well all by herself [without "ropey reconstructions"]".[28]

She wrote and presented Hidden Killers of the Victorian Home for BBC Four,[29] as well as the follow up shows New Hidden Killers of the Victorian Home,[30] Hidden Killers of the Edwardian Home,[31][32] and Hidden Killers of the Tudor Home.[33] Clive James writing in the Daily Telegraph gave Hidden Killers of the Edwardian Home a positive review, "principally because Ms Lipscomb was almost as fascinating as her subject".[31] In May 2016, she wrote and presented Hidden Killers of the Post-War Home, again for BBC Four.[34]

In October 2015 Lipscomb wrote and presented Witch Hunt: A Century of Murder, a two-part documentary for Channel 5.[35][36]

In January 2016 she appeared on the BBC Two comedy panel game show Insert Name Here.

In April 2016, she co-wrote and co-presented, with Dan Jones, Henry VIII and His Six Wives[37] which was shown on Channel 5.[38][39]



  1. ^ "Lipscomb, Suzannah", Library of Congress Name Authority File
  2. ^ Nathanson, Hannah (6 December 2013). "Suzannah Lipscomb's My London". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Russell, Steven (29 June 2012). "Sixteenth-Century Girl's love for Tudor Suffolk". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  4. ^ Epsom College (21 November 2013). "History Society welcomes renowned Old Epsomian". Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  5. ^ Lincoln College News (August 2009), p. 32. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  6. ^ a b Little, Reg (28 May 2009). "New face of Tudor history". Oxford Times. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
  7. ^ British Library. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
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  9. ^ "Suzannah Lipscomb, University of East Anglia". 2014. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "Henry VIII – Arts & Humanities Research Council". Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "Dr Suzannah Lipscomb | NCH". 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  12. ^ Gentlemen, Amelia (26 October 2013). "The £54,000 degree: how well is AC Grayling's college doing?". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
  13. ^ "Fellows of the Royal Historical Society (L)" (PDF). Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  14. ^ Epsom College. Governing Body. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  15. ^ "Sixteenth Century Society & Conference". 2014. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  16. ^ "NCH Historian wins prestigious US essay prize – WorldNews". 2014. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  17. ^ "Watch The Secret Life Of... TV Online | Free Full Episodes | Yesterday Channel". Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  18. ^ Nathalie Atkinson (29 August 2012). "History goes pop on The Secret Life Of …". National Post. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  19. ^ James Gill. "The Secret Life Of (Series 1 – 1. The Secret Life of Henry VIII)". Radio Times. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  20. ^ "Time Team – Historian Suzannah Lipscomb Describes Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk". Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  21. ^ "Bloody Tales of the Tower – National Geographic Channel – UK". Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  22. ^ "Bloody Tales – National Geographic Channel – UK". Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  23. ^ Wollaston, Sam (2015). "The Last Days of Anne Boleyn; The Hunt for Britain's Sex Gangs – TV review | Television & radio | The Guardian". Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  24. ^ Jones, Ellen E. (4 March 2014). "Review: I Never Knew That About Britain". The Independent. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
  25. ^ "Henry & Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History". Five. 
  26. ^ "Episode 1 | Henry & Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History | Channel 5". Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  27. ^ Simons, Jake Wallis (20 February 2014). "Henry & Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History, Channel 5, review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  28. ^ Graham, Alison. "Henry VIII & Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History". Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  29. ^ "BBC Four – Hidden Killers, Hidden Killers of the Victorian Home". 18 July 2013. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  30. ^ "BBC Four – Hidden Killers, Series 1, The Victorian Home, Hidden Killers: The Victorian Home – preview". Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  31. ^ a b James, Clive (17 April 2014). "Keeping up appearances" (review). The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
  32. ^ "BBC Four – Hidden Killers, Series 1, The Edwardian Home, Hidden Killers: The Edwardian Home – preview". Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  33. ^ "The Hidden Killers of the Tudor Home, BBC4 – TV review". The Independent. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
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  35. ^ "Witch Hunt: A Century of Murder". Five. 
  36. ^ "Episode 1". Five. 
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  40. ^ Powell, Jason (2012), "Suzannah Lipscomb, 1536: The Year that Changed Henry VIII", Notes and Queries, 59 (1): 120–121, doi:10.1093/notesj/gjr195 
  41. ^ Jones, Dan (31 March 2012), "Bookends: Terribly Tudor", The Spectator 
  42. ^ Dyer, Daniel (13 June 2013), "Suzannah Lipscomb's 'A Journey Through Tudor England', a lively and expert guide through bloody Tudor history", The Plain Dealer 
  43. ^ "A Journey Through Tudor England: Hampton Court Palace and the Tower of London to Stratford-upon-Avon and Thornbury Castle, by Suzannah Lipscomb", Kirkus Reviews, 15 June 2013 
  44. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: A Journey Through Tudor England", Publishers Weekly, 8 April 2013 

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