I am available as a historical consultant for television companies and as a presenter or contributor. I am also available for radio. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. You can also find examples of my television appearances here and here.
I recently appeared on an episode of BBC1's hugely successful Flog It, which aired on 27 April 2015. During filming at Hever Castle, I discussed the rise of Anne Boleyn and her horrifying fall.
I was featured on BBC London News (BBC1, 8 November 2013 at 1.45pm and 6.30pm) as an expert to discuss London before the Great Fire of London. I talked about the sources historians use to reconstruct the city, as well as living conditions for ordinary citizens of an overcrowded capital.
I appeared on BBC Breakfast (BBC1, 25 July 2013) to discuss the choice of George Alexander Louis as the name for the new royal baby. I discussed the significance of the names for the monarchy, as well as the royal history behind all three. As a royal historian, I am available to comment on news stories relating to the monarchy and the royal family.
Previous television work has also included an appearance on The Book Show with Mariella Frostrup (Series 5, episode 7, Sky Arts - first broadcast on 24 November 2011), discussing the Tudor dynasty and the continuing fascination that the period evokes.
I also appeared in episode 3 of Bloody Tales of the Tower which aired on the National Geographic channel on 30 April 2012, to talk about Catherine Howard and her journey to the Tower of London. This programme was also broadcast on Channel 5 in 2014.
I recently took part in the BBC's Grow Your Own campaign by preparing a Tudor-inspired vegetable garden. Progress is being covered with regular television and radio updates. As part of this I was featured on BBC London news on 22 March 2013.
Other work in television has included advising broadcasters and other television companies such as the BBC on the late medieval and Tudor period for inclusion in documentaries. I recently carried out original research and advised the production company on Margaret Beaufort and the women of the wars of the roses for The Real White Queen and her Rivals, which was screened on BBC2 in July 2013.
I have also been featured on radio. This includes being interviewed on BBC Three Counties Radio about the changes to the royal succession to allow women equal inheritance rights. I also featured on a BBC programme on New Year's Day 2013, looking ahead to the big news stories of the new year.
I was featured on the Robert Elms show on BBC London Radio on 23 March 2013 to discuss my Tudor garden, which is a part of the BBC's Grow Your Own campaign. I will also be giving regular updates on the show, including on 13 April 2013, 29 April 2013, 22 June 2013 and 16 September 2013.
I was a guest on the Robert Elms show on 20 May 2013, which was broadcast from the Chelsea Flower Show. I was interviewed by Robert, as well as recording some of my thoughts as I looked around the show.
In the US, I have been featured on Dr Alvin's show, notably discussing my book, Elfrida: The First Crowned Queen of England in September 2013. The interview is available at http://www.dralvinjones.com/
In Ireland, I was interviewed live on Newstalk's Talking History programme on 16 November 2013 to discuss Anne Boleyn. My interview can be listened to again at http://www.newstalk.ie/Talking-Historys-Book-Recommendations-
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I am often called upon to comment on news stories for national publications, including the Daily Telegraph (3 December 2014) on the University of Leicester's findings regarding Richard III's DNA. I was featured in the Sunday Times on 20 September 2015 (Matt Rudd's Crime Scene: Who Killed Edward the Martyr?).
My books are regularly reviewed in national publications, such as a review for my book Catherine Parr in BBC History Magazine (December 2011). Two of my books (Margaret Beaufort and Bessie Blount) were included inThe Scotsman newspaper's Books of the Year: Non-Fiction 2011(http://www.scotsman.com/the-scotsman/books/scotsman_books_of_the_year_non_fiction_1_1990521)
My book on Bessie Blount and research into the paternity of her daughter, Elizabeth Tailboys, were featured in the Daily Mail online (8 January 2012). The evidence points to Elizabeth being an illegitimate daughter of Henry VIII http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2083826/Henry-VIII-secret-daughter-taken-throne-Elizabeth-I-historian-claims.html
My research on the paternity of Elizabeth Tailboys was also featured in The Sun newspaper on 9 January 2012 ('Secret of a Queen we 'lost''). OK Magazine (24 January 2012) also featured the story prominently in its royal news section.
I regularly write for magazines, with articles on British history, genealogy records and history related travel appearing in publications such as BBC History Magazine, Your Family Tree, Who Do You Think You Are?, Your Family History and British Heritage.
I am also regularly featured in podcasts, such as the November 2014 podcast for Who Do You Think You Are? magazine, where I talk about wills and probate for family history research. You can listen here
I have given a number of interviews about Tudor history and my interests. The most recent were at Nerdalicious in relation to The Boleyn Women http://nerdalicious.com.au/history/the-boleyn-women-with-elizabeth-norton/ and also Elfrida http://nerdalicious.com.au/history/elfrida-the-first-crowned-queen-of-england-with-elizabeth-norton/
Earlier interviews can be found at http://www.theanneboleynfiles.com/3694/interview-with-elizabeth-norton/and http://onthetudortrail.com/Blog/book-talk/author-interviews/q-a-with-elizabeth-norton/. I am also featured in the Richmond Local History Society Newsletter regarding my work as a historian in general and, specifically, on Anne of Cleves' associations with Richmond Palace.
Extracts from interviews include:
'How did the fate of Anne Boleyn affect Henry VIII's relationship with his subsequent wives and mistresses?
By marrying Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII demonstrated to other women that, by insisting on remaining virtuous, it was possible for them to aspire to become queen. Jane Seymour obviously followed this course, as did Catherine Howard when she ousted Anne of Cleves. The danger of this approach was obviously that each of Henry's later queens risked bringing their own successor to Henry's attention and this may be why Jane Seymour was so strict in her requirements for her maids' dress. One notably pretty maid of Jane's, Anne Basset, was required to wear an English Gable Hood rather than the more flattering French Hood on Jane's express orders...'
'What is one of your favourite Tudor moments or quotes?'
There are so many, it is hard to choose! When I was researching my book on Anne of Cleves I found Henry's attempts to find a new bride particularly fascinating. Whilst it is probable Christina of Denmark never actually said that 'she had but one head, if she had two, one should be at his Majesty's service'. But it is certain that Henry asked for all the eligible ladies of the French court to be brought to Calais, a scandalous proposition to which the French ambassador responded sarcastically by asking Henry whether he also wanted to try out the ladies before he made his choice...'