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Five minutes with… Dan Snow

Dan Snow is an author, historian, TV presenter and the mastermind behind the hugely popular History Hit podcast series. His latest BBC endeavour, 1066: A Year To Conquer England, is available via iPlayer.  What is an historian? Someone who explores what happened before now. Was there anything in particular that made you decide to pursue a career in history? Nope. History was so woven with my …

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Five minutes with… Olivette Otele

Dr Olivette Otele is a historian of transnational colonial history at the College of Liberal Arts, Bath Spa University. Her latest book, a history Afro-Europeans will be released next year.  What is an historian? A person who seeks to not only understand, to write histories that influence our comprehension of the past. He/she is passionate about trajectories and experiences that shaped societies. …

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Five minutes with… James Shapiro

James Shapiro is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and author of the Samuel Johnson Prize-winning book 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare. His latest book traces Shakespeare’s life and work from late 1605 through to the publications of King Lear, Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra during a time of huge political and social upheaval. …

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Five minutes with… Gill Hoffs

Gill Hoffs grew up on the Scottish coast before gaining a BSc in Psychology from the University of Glasgow. Gill’s short nonfiction, Black Fish, won the 2011 Spilling Ink Nonfiction Prize, and her work is widely available online and in print, including Wild: a collection (Pure Slush, 2012) and The Sinking of RMS Tayleur: The Lost Story of the ‘Victorian …

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Five minutes with… Juliet Barker

Juliet Barker is an historian and biographer, specializing in the middle ages and the lives of literary figures. Her works include Agincourt: The King, the Campaign, the Battle and The Brontës. Her latest book England Arise: The People, the King and the Great Revolt of 1381 is published by Little, Brown and available to buy now. What is an historian? …

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Five minutes with… Hallie Rubenhold

Hallie Rubenhold is an author, social historian and broadcaster. Her second book, Lady Worsley’s Whim, about a notorious 18th century Criminal Conversation (or adultery) trial has been adapted for screen by the BBC. Starring Natalie Dormer (Hunger Games, Game of Thrones), it will be broadcast in August. What is an historian? An historian is someone who is dedicated to an …

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Five minutes with… Dr James D. Boys

Dr James D. Boys is a broadcaster, writer and historian of American political history. His latest book Clinton’s Grand Strateg: US Foreign Policy in a Post-Cold War World is published by Bloomsbury and out now. What is an historian? I believe an historian is someone who sheds light on what may happen tomorrow by explaining today through the prism of yesterday. An historian is, …

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Five minutes with… Terry Deary

Terry Deary is well known as the author of the Horrible Histories series. His new book series, Dangerous Days is popular history aimed at adult readers.   The latest in the series, Dangerous Days in Elizabethan England, is out now, published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson. What is an historian? I think you’d have to ask an historian that. I’m just a …

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Five minutes with… Dr Ian Mortimer

Dr Ian Mortimer is an acclaimed historian, bestselling author and television presenter. His latest book Centuries of Change: Which Century saw the Most Change and Why it Matters to Us is published by Random House and out now. What is an historian? A historian (I don’t use the old-fashioned ‘an’, I pronounce the ‘h’ instead) is simply someone who studies …

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Tom Bradby Interview: Writing The Great Fire

The Great Fire writer on creating ITV’s new drama “It’s a health and safety nightmare!” It’s the end of April and I’m sitting under a gazebo in the middle of the Oxfordshire countryside with screenwriter, author and ITV News political editor Tom Bradby. We’re sitting next to an impressive recreation of seventeenth-century London – complete with timber buildings, narrow streets and …

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