Helen Ruth Castor (born 4 August 1968 in Cambridge) is a British historian of the medieval period and a BBC broadcaster. She was a lecturer in history at Cambridge University and is the author of Blood and Roses (2005) and She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth (2010). Programmes she has presented include BBC Radio 4's Making History and She-Wolves on BBC Four.
Helen Ruth Castor
4 August 1968
|Education||Gonville and Caius College|
Early life and educationEdit
Helen Castor graduated from The King's High School for Girls, Warwick, in 1986, and then completed a BA and a PhD at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. She was elected to a Research Fellowship at Jesus College. She is a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College.
Castor works extensively for the BBC including presenting Radio 4's Making History and She-Wolves on BBC Four. In 2013 she was a member of the winning team on Christmas University Challenge, representing Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge.
Castor's book Blood and Roses (2005) is a biography of the 15th-century Paston family, whose letters are the earliest surviving collection of private correspondence in the English language. Blood and Roses was long-listed for the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction in 2005. It was also awarded the Beatrice White Prize for outstanding scholarly work in the field of English literature before 1590, by the English Association in 2006.
She-Wolves (2010) was voted one of the books of the year in the Guardian, Times, Sunday Times, Independent, Financial Times and BBC History Magazine. BBC Four televised a three-part series based on the book in 2012, presented by Castor.
- The King, the Crown, and the Duchy of Lancaster: Public Authority and Private Power, 1399–1461 (2000) Oxford University Press ISBN 0198206224
- Blood and Roses (book) (2004) Faber and Faber 
- She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth (2010) Faber and Faber 
- Joan of Arc: A History (2014) Faber and Faber 
- A Renaissance Education: The Schooling of Thomas More's Daughter (2011) BBC Four
- She-Wolves: England's Early Queens (2012) BBC Four
- Medieval Lives: Birth, Marriage and Death (2013) BBC Four
- Joan of Arc: God's Warrior (2015) BBC Two
- The Real Versailles (2016) BBC Two
- Women Sex and Society: A Timewatch Guide (2016) BBC Four
- England's Forgotten Queen: The Life and Death of Lady Jane Grey (2018) BBC Four
- BBC Radio 4 – England: Made in the Middle (2016)
- Profile at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. Archived 2012-05-23 at the Wayback Machine
- Personal Website. Archived 2018-02-04 at the Wayback Machine
- Kings High School, Warwick. OGA Archived 2014-01-04 at the Wayback Machine
- Radio and TV credits Archived 2012-03-10 at the Wayback Machine
- Pauli, Michelle (2005-04-20). "Samuel Johnson longlist celebrates variety". the Guardian. Archived from the original on 2015-10-20. Retrieved 2018-02-04. Cite uses deprecated parameter
- "Beatrice White Prize - Previous Winners". English Association. Archived from the original on 2016-03-17. Retrieved 2018-02-04. Cite uses deprecated parameter
- "Books of the year" Archived 2017-04-06 at the Wayback Machine 25 November 2011 The Guardian
- Books info Archived 2012-03-10 at the Wayback Machine
- BBC Four She Wolves, 2012 Archived 2012-03-12 at the Wayback Machine
- History Today Archived 2012-06-10 at the Wayback Machine 16 June 2011, "Interview: Helen Castor"
- Natasha Onwuemezi, "Rankin, McDermid and Levy named new RSL fellows" Archived 2017-11-07 at the Wayback Machine, The Bookseller, 7 June 2017.
- "Current RSL Fellows". Royal Society of Literature. Archived from the original on 3 July 2017. Retrieved 10 June 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter
- Faber profile Archived 2011-06-14 at the Wayback Machine
- "The Real Versailles – BBC Two". BBC. Archived from the original on 2016-07-25. Retrieved 2016-07-23. Cite uses deprecated parameter