Kate Williams

Kate Williams is the author of Emma Hamilton: England’s Mistress, a  biography of Lady Hamilton (1765-1815) based on over two hundred and fifty new letters from archives and collections around the world (published by Random House in the UK and US in 2006). Becoming Queen was published by Hutchinson in 2008, and her historical novel The Pleasures of Men is due out from Michael Joseph in summer 2011.

Kate lectures to historical societies and groups around the country. She also consults and appears on TV programmes. Over the past year, she has appeared on ‘Nelson’s Trafalgar’ on BBC 1 with Michael Portillo, ‘Rum, Sodomy and the Lash:The realities of Nelson’s Navy’ on Channel 4, ‘Richard and Judy’ on Channel 4, and reviewed the newspapers on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Broadcasting House’.

She grew up in Staffordshire, and took her BA at Oxford University, an MA in eighteenth-century culture at Queen Mary, University of London and a DPhil at Oxford University. Her work is published in journals and books, most recently on www.bbc.co.uk/history and in Admiral Lord Nelson: Context and Legacy, edited by David Cannadine and published by Palgrave.