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John Guy

John Guy is a leading Tudor historian and a Fellow of Clare College, University of Cambridge. He has written many bestselling and prize-winning books of Tudor history. 'My Heart is My Own'; a biography of Mary Queen of Scots won the Whitbread Prize in 2004 and was recently adapted into the film Mary Queen of Scots which stars Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie. More recently, his biography of Queen Elizabeth's banker, Thomas Gresham was published to wide acclaim. During the course of his long and distinguished academic career, John Guy has lectured extensively on Early Modern British History and Renaissance Political Thought in both Britain and the United States. For over twenty years he was co-editor of the Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History; his work has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Estonian and Czech. He has also made five BBC documentary series on Tudor history and broadcasts regularly on radio. He lives in North London with his wife, the historian Julia Fox.

Selective Bibliography:

Tudor England (1990)

The Tudor Monarchy (1997)

'My Heart is my Own': The Life of Mary Queen of Scots (2004)

A Daughter's Love: Thomas and Margaret More (2008)

The Children of Henry VIII (2013)

Henry VIII: The Quest for Fame (2014)

Thomas Becket: Warrior, Priest, Rebel, Victim. A 900-Year-Old Story Retold (2012)

The Tudors: A Very Short Introduction (2013)

Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years (2016)

Thomas More: A Very Brief History (2017)

Gresham's Law: The Life and World of Queen Elizabeth I's Banker (2019)

Hunting the Falcon: Henry VIII & Anne Boleyn (2023)

John Guy Titles