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Helen Castor

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Helen Castor is a historian of the Middle Ages and 16th Century. She is a Bye-Fellow of Sydney Sussex College, Cambridge and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.


Her books include the prize-winning Blood & Roses: The Paston Family in the Fifteenth CenturyElizabeth I: A Study in Insecurity and Joan of Arc, dubbed a ‘triumph of history’.

Her book, She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth, was made into a BBC TV series and selected as a book of the year in the Times, the Sunday Times, the Independent, the Financial Times, the Guardian and BBC History Magazine. 

Castor has presented a range of programmes for BBC TV and radio and Channel 4, and was part of Channel 4’s live coverage of the reburial of Richard III in Leicester in 2015.

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Joan of Arc: A History

Helen Castor brings us the real Joan of Arc, framing her story within the political and religious turmoil of 15th Century France and revealing the human being behind the saintly myth.

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