Suzannah Lipscomb

Dr Suzannah Lipscomb is a Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of East Anglia, and the author of 1536: The Year that Changed Henry VIII (Lion Hudson, 2009).

At Lincoln College, Oxford, Suzannah took her a double first in her BA, and distinction in her MSt, before, as Jowett Senior Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford, being awarded her DPhil in 2009. In 2006-2007, she held a Royal Historical Society Marshall Research Fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research. In 2007-2010, She was Research Curator at Hampton Court Palace and was one of the lead curators responsible for creating a new visitor experience in the Tudor palace at Hampton Court to mark the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII’s accession to the throne. She is now a consultant and External Advisory Member to Historic Royal Palaces’s Research Strategy Board.

Suzannah has appeared on BBC’s The One Show, GMTV, Channel 4’s Time Team, and the History Channel. She has presented BBC Radio 3’s The Essay, and contributed to various publications and radio programmes, including The Sunday Telegraph, History Today, and BBC Radio 4.

Her first book, 1536, was very well reviewed: Dr Lucy Wooding in the TLS described it as ‘fresh and lively, historically accurate and also entertaining…a chatty, original, readable and engaging account’, Peter Furtado suggested ‘the paradox of Henry VIII is brilliantly unravelled by Suzannah Lipscomb’, and Dr David Starkey wrote that it was ‘bold and original’.

Suzannah is also the co-author of Henry VIII: 500 Facts (Historic Royal Palaces, 2009), is co-editing a forthcoming collection of essays, Henry VIII and the Tudor Court, to be published by Ashgate, and is writing The Visitor’s Companion to Tudor England for Ebury (Random House), to be published in 2012.