Isla Blair has appeared in Holby City, Heratbeat, Taggart, Darling Buds of May, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Dalziel and Pascoe. Stage work includes One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and Noises Off (at the NT), as well as seasons at the Bristol Old Vic. She read the audio book of Atonement.
Tim Blanning is Professor of Modern European History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. He is also a Fellow of the British Academy. He has been described by THE SUNDAY TIMES as 'a long-time Cambridge academic who can make even the most arcane subject thrum with interest'. He lives in Cambridge.
Simon Brighton was brought up in Lincolnshire, in the shadow of Temple Bruer, one of the most important Templar sites in the country. He became fascinated by the Knights at an early age and has pursued that fascination ever since. His photography of Templar sites has become well known - some of his images of London's Temple Church were included in the illustrated edition of The Da Vinci Code. When not documenting the Templars he is a psychiatric nurse, with an MSc in forensic psychiatry.
Bob Carruthers is a filmmaker and producer of TV historical documentaries, of all periods, sold and broadcast around the world. He specialises in military history. Professor John Erickson is a noted historian and widely published author.
Ben Chu is the Economics Editor of THE INDEPENDENT. He was born and brought up in Manchester, and studied Modern History at Jesus College, Oxford. Read Ben Chu's blog at http://blogs.independent.co.uk/author/benchu and follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BenChu_
Anne de Courcy
Anne de Courcy is a well-known writer and journalist. In the 1970s she was Woman's Editor on the London Evening News and in the 1980s she was a regular feature-writer for the Evening Standard. She is also a former feature writer and reviewer for the Daily Mail. Her recent books include THE VICEROY'S DAUGHTERS and DEBS AT WAR.Go to www.annedecourcy.com for more information.
James Evans did his PhD at Oriel College, Oxford, following a first-class Masters in Historical Research. He has worked as a producer on various historical television documentaries, including Dan Cruickshank's 'Hidden Houses' (BBC2), Niall Ferguson's 'Western Civilisation' (C4), Griff Rhys Jones's 'Rivers' (BBC1) and Michael Wood's 'English Story' (BBC2), for which he also contributed to the accompanying book.
Rusty Firmin was born in Carlisle in 1950. He joined the Royal Artillery at an early age and was then posted to 49 Field Regiment RA and subsequently to the 29 Commando RA. Getting a taste for commando ops, Rusty passed the SAS gruelling selection and joined B-Squadron 22 (SAS) Regiment in 1977. Following covert tours in Northern Ireland with the SAS, Rusty then led part of the iconic assault to rescue the hostages from the Iranian embassy in 1980. A fitness fanatic who represented the British Army at football, Rusty lives in rural Herefordshire.
George Goodwin is a history graduate of Cambridge, where he was awarded a Foundation exhibition. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.You can follow George Goodwin on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GeorgeGoodwin1 and visit his website for more information www.georgegoodwin.com.
Rebecca Hall¿s film credits include: The Town, Red Riding, Dorian Gray, Please Give, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Frost/Nixon, Einstein and Eddington, The Prestige, and Starter For Ten. Her theatre credits include: A Winter¿s Tale and The Cherry Orchard, both directed Sam Mendes (at BAM, Old Vic and international tour); As You Like It, Galileo¿s Daughter, Man And Superman, and Mrs Warren¿s Profession, all directed by Peter Hall; and Don Juan, directed by Thea Sharrock. Rebecca¿s television credits include: Joe¿s Palace (BBC), Wide Sargasso Sea (Kudos/BBC), The Camomile Lawn (Channel Four) and Don¿t Leave Me This Way (BBC).
Lisa Hilton is the acclaimed author of The Real Queen of France: Athénais and Louis XIV, Mistress Peachum's Pleasure, Queens Consort: England's Medieval Queens and The Horror of Love. She is the author of two novels, the bestselling Wolves in Winter and The House with Blue Shutters, which was shortlisted in the UK for the Commonwealth Fiction prize. She was educated at Oxford University, and lives in central London.http://lisa-hilton.com/
Leo Hollis was educated at Stonyhurst College and read history at UEA. He is the author of books on London and Paris, and works in publishing. He lives with his wife and children in London.
Professor Tristram Hunt is a lecturer in history at Queen Mary, University of London. Previously, he was an associate fellow at the Centre for History and Economics, King's College, Cambridge, and research fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). Educated at Cambridge and Chicago Universities, he has worked as a government adviser. As well as authoring a number of BBC television programmes, he is a regular contributor to the Guardian, The Times and The Observer.
Robert Hutchinson is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and the author of THE LAST DAYS OF HENRY VIII, ELIZABETH'S SPYMASTER, THOMAS CROMWELL, HOUSE OF TREASON, YOUNG HENRY, THE SPANISH ARMADA and THE AUDACIOUS CRIMES OF COLONEL BLOOD. He was Defence Correspondent for the Press Association before moving to Jane's Information Group to launch JANE'S DEFENCE WEEKLY. He has a doctorate from the University of Sussex, and was appointed OBE in the 2008 Honours List.
Paul Johnson was born in 1928. He edited the New Statesman in the 1960s and has written over forty books. His Modern Times, a history of the world from the 1920s to the 1990s, has been translated into more than fifteen languages. As well as a weekly column in the Spectator, he contributes to newspapers all over the world.
Sir Frank Kermode was the author and editor of over forty books, including SHAKESPEARE'S LANGUAGE, THE SENSE OF AN ENDING and ROMANTIC IMAGE. Described by the INDEPENDENT as 'the greatest literary scholar of his generation', he taught at numerous universities including Cambridge, Harvard and University College London. He was knighted in 1991.
James Kynge has been a journalist in Asia for 19 years, covering many of the big events that have helped shape the region, including the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing and the bursting of the Japanese 'bubble' in the late 1980s. For seven years he was China Bureau Chief of the Financial Times in Beijing, and is now the Pearson Group's chief representative in China. He speaks Mandarin fluently and has visited every Chinese province. He has won a plethora of journalism awards. He graduated MA (hons) in Chinese and Japanese from Edinburgh University, lives in Beijing and is married with three children.
Jon Latimer studied Oceanography at University College, Swansea. He served for 16 years in the Territorial Army and was commissioned into the Royal Welch Fusiliers. He taught at the University of Wales, Swansea and wrote on a number of military and naval subjects, from the desert war in World War II to the war of 1812.
John Lewis-Stempel is the author of numerous anthologies and books on military history. He lives on a farm in Herefordshire with his wife and two children.Join John Lewis-Stempel on Facebook www.facebook.com/pages/John-Lewis-Stempel and follow him on Twitterhttps://twitter.com/JLewisStempel.
Surprisingly little is known about the life of Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall. She is thought to have been born in 1867, but the date of her death is unknown. She concealed her gender using the initials H.E. in her writing. H.E. Marshall is the author of OUR ISLAND STORY.