Chris Skidmore

Chris Skidmore was born in Bristol in 1981. He was educated at Bristol Grammar School and Christ Church, Oxford, where he was a St Cyre’s and Dixon Scholar and President of the Oxford University Historical Society. He graduated in 2002 with a double first and was awarded a Gibbs Prize.

He was an adviser and researcher to Bristol’s bid for European Capital City of Culture 2008 and, more recently, was research assistant to Robert Lacey for his Great Tales of English History series. His first book, Edward VI: The Lost King (Weidenfeld, 2007) was Guardian Book of the Week and Good Book Guide Book of the Month. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Chris’ latest book is Death and the Virgin, the story of Elizabeth I’s relationship with Robert Dudley and the mysterious fate of Amy Robsart (2009).