ed-in-florenceEdward W. Hanson trained as an historian in his native Boston, Mass., where he worked as an editor for the Massachusetts Historical Society. His academic work includes biographical sketches in the “American National Biography” and “Sibley’s Harvard Graduates” as well as the edited papers of Robert Treat Paine, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Ed moved to England in 2000, was ordained in the Church of England, and was a curate in Lincoln and then a rector in Essex for ten years. Since retirement, he continue his work with the church as a locum priest both in West London and on the Continent, and has also returned to historical research and writing. His recent biography of Hélène d’Orléans, Duchess of Aosta (1871-1951) has been accepted for publication by Fonthill.