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Kate Williams

Kate Williams is a historian, author and broadcaster. She is the author of historical biographies, ENGLAND’S MISTRESS (‘wonderful’, Washington Post), BECOMING QUEEN (‘outstanding’, Spectator), YOUNG ELIZABETH (‘fascinating’, Telegraph), JOSEPHINE (‘a sparkling account,’ The Daily Mail) and the novels, THE PLEASURES OF MEN (‘thrilling..a soaring talent let loose’, Independent) and THE STORMS OF WAR (‘the new Cazalet Chronicles,’ Lisa Hilton). She wrote THE RING AND THE CROWN on the history of royal weddings with fellow history girls, Alison Weir, Sarah Gristwood and Tracy Borman. She studied her degree and DPhil at Somerville College, Oxford and is now the Director of Life Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London. She appears weekly on television and radio, discussing social history, royal history and general politics and culture. She was the social historian on BBC2’s Restoration Home and her BBC 2 documentary ‘Young Victoria is often repeated. She is CNN’s in-house historian and analyst. In 2019, Kate chaired the Women’s Prize for Fiction.
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