Dr Anna Whitelock is a Reader in Early Modern History and is Director of the London Centre for Public History and Heritage. She is an expert on  the Tudors and Stuarts, monarchy,  and other aspects of political and social history in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.


Anna regularly appears in the media as a royal expert, historical consultant and commentator for the BBC, ITV News, Sky News, NBC, CNN and Channel 9. She has also appeared in an number of television programmes including Armada: Twelve Days to Save England (BBC Two), Tales from the Royal Bedchamber (BBC Four), The One Show(BBC One), The Manor Reborn (BBC One), Britain’s Secret Homes (ITV), Newsnight (BBC Two), The Culture Show (BBC Two), TimeTeam (Channel 4) and The British (Sky Atlantic). She presented a BBC iWonder guide on the Origins of the Tudor dynasty and wrote and presented Heritage Wars on BBC Radio 3. She was one of the contributing historians on BBC Radio 4’s landmark series The Art of Monarchy.


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. She is currently working on a book on the beginning of the seventeenth century called Succession. Anna writes and reviews for The TelegraphThe GuardianTimes Literary Supplement, BBC History magazineHistory Today and The New York Times.

For further information, see http://www.annawhitelock.co.uk/.