Janina Sara Maria Ramirez (pronounced [ja'nina], née Maleczek; 7 July 1980), sometimes credited as Nina Ramirez, is a British art and cultural historian and TV presenter, based in Woodstock, Oxfordshire. She specialises in interpreting symbols and examining works of art, within their own historical context.
Janina Sara Ramirez
Janina Sara Maria Maleczek
7 July 1980
|Alma mater||St Anne's College, Oxford |
University of York
Ramirez went to school in Slough. She gained a degree in English literature, specialising in Old and Middle English, from St Anne's College, Oxford, before completing her postgraduate studies at the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York. She completed an art/literature PhD on the symbolism of birds, which led to a lectureship in York's Art History Department, followed by lecturing posts at the University of Winchester, University of Warwick, and University of Oxford.
- Treasures of the Anglo-Saxons, BBC Four, August 2010
- The Viking Sagas, BBC Four, May 2011
- Britain's Most Fragile Treasure, BBC Four, October 2011
- Illuminations: The Private Lives of Medieval Kings, 3-part series, BBC Four, January 2012
- Chivalry and Betrayal: The Hundred Years' War, 3-part series, BBC Four, February 2013
- Architects of the Divine: The First Gothic Age, BBC Four, October 2014
- Saints and Sinners: Britain's Millennium of Monasteries, 3-part series, BBC Four, February 2015
- The Quizeum, A museum-based quiz panel show, BBC Four, April 2015 
- The Search for the Lost Manuscript: Julian of Norwich, BBC Four, July 2016
- An Art Lover's Guide, BBC Four, May 2017
- In Search of Arcadia, BBC Four, August 2017
- England's Reformation: Three Books that Changed a Nation, BBC Four, October 2017
- Art on BBC: The Genius of Leonardo Da Vinci, BBC Four, May 2018
- Raiders of the Lost Past with Janina Ramirez BBC Four, September 2019 - 1 The Sutton Hoo Hoard (broadcast 4 September 2019)
- Handmade in Bolton – presenter, featuring Shaun Greenhalgh and narrated by Waldemar Januszczak (BBC Four, October 2019)
- Ramirez, Janina (2015). The Private Lives of the Saints: Power, Passion and Politics in Anglo-Saxon England. London: WH Allen. ISBN 9780753555606.
- —— (2016). Julian of Norwich: A Very Brief History. London: SPCK. ISBN 9780281077373.
- —— (2018). Riddle of the Runes (A Viking Mystery). Oxford: OUP. ISBN 978-0-19-276633-5.
- —— (2019). Way of the Waves (A Viking Mystery). Oxford: OUP. ISBN 978-0-19-276635-9.
- —— (5 September 2019). Beowulf. illus. Martyn Pick. London: Ladybird Books. ISBN 978-0-7181-8973-0.
Ramirez and her Spanish husband have two children.
- Hughes, Tim (8 October 2015). "Medieval treasure: Meet Janina Ramirez – the woman making history hip". The Oxford Times. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
- "Course details: Undergraduate Certificate in History of Art". Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
- "BBC Four - Treasures of the Anglo Saxons". BBC. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
- "BBC Four - The Viking Sagas". BBC. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
- Ramirez, Janina (May 2011). "The Sagas of Iceland: Creating Terra Nova". History Today. 61 (5). Retrieved 26 February 2015.
- "BBC Four - Britain's Most Fragile Treasure". BBC. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
- "BBC Four - Illuminations: The Private Lives of Medieval Kings". BBC. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
- Auty, Louise (26 January 2012). "Ramirez 'illuminates' the world of England's long dead kings". Digital Journal. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
- "BBC Four - Chivalry and Betrayal: The Hundred Years War". BBC. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
- "BBC Four - Architects of the Divine: The First Gothic Age". BBC. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
- "BBC Four - Saints and Sinners: Britain's Millennium of Monasteries". BBC. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
- "BBC Four - The Quizeum, Series 1, Episode 6". BBC. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
- "An Art Lovers' Guide: How to get off the beaten track in Amsterdam". Radio Times. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
- "In Search of Arcadia". BBC Four. 9 August 2017. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
- "BBC Four - Art on the BBC: The Genius of Leonardo Da Vinci". BBC. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
- BBC: Handmade in Bolton