Dr Anna Whitelock is a reader in early modern history at Royal Holloway, University of London. She lectures on political, social and cultural history in the sixteenth and seventeenth century and is director of the London Centre for Public History and Heritage.
She gained her Ph.D. from Corpus Christi College Cambridge under the supervision of Dr David Starkey. She is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
Anna is the prize-winning author of Mary Tudor: England’s First Queen (Bloomsbury 2009) (US- Mary Tudor: Princess, Bastard, Queen (Random House 2010). She was the winner of the 2010 Arts Club Emerging Writer Award and was short-listed for the Biographer’s club Best First Biography Prize. Anna’s second book Elizabeth’s Bedfellows: An Intimate History of the Queen’s Court (Bloomsbury, 2013) (Published in the US as The Queen’s Bed by FSG) and won the The American PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography.
Anna writes and reviews for The Telegraph, The Guardian, Times Literary Supplement, BBC History magazine, History Today and The New York Times. She regularly appears in the media to talk about heritage and public history, the Tudors, monarchy, royal bodies and other aspects of political and social history.
Anna is a regular contributor to live television broadcasts for the BBC, Sky and ITV. She commentates on royalty for both UK and international news channels. She regularly appears presenting or contributing to history programmes.
Anna is an accomplished public speaker and regularly gives talks lectures in schools, museums, history societies and literary festivals. She lives in Cambridge.