Helen Carr is an historian, writer, presenter and producer, specialising in medieval history and public history.
Helen is the author of the best-selling, The Red Prince: John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, published in spring 2021 and listed in the Times and Sunday Times top five best books of 2021. She is also the co-author and editor of What is History, Now? (W&N September 2021): A follow up to What is History? (1961) by her great-grandfather, the historian and diplomat, E.H Carr.
Helen hosts the chart topping podcast, Hidden Histories, and has presented several documentaries for HistoryHit TV including; Captain Cook’s Endeavour and The Trail of Guy Fawkes. Helen has also appeared as an expert on Richard II as part of the Medieval Kings series and presented a documentary for Cambridge University on its history, shared globally.
Helen’s background is in documentary history for television and radio. She has produced history documentaries for BBC4, BBC2, SkyArts, Discovery, CNN and HistoryHit TV and has worked on BBC Radio 4’s In Our Time. Helen is passionate about sharing how we study and interpret the past and has been praised for her ability to enthuse and engage the public for various historical subjects. ‘Helen Carr is one of the most exciting and talented young historians out there. She has a passion for medieval history which is infectious and is always energetic and engaging, whether on the printed page or the screen.’ — Dan Snow
Helen is a regular features writer for BBC History Magazine and History Extra. She holds an undergraduate degree in history of art from the University of York and a masters in medieval history from the University of Reading. She is currently working on a doctorate in medieval history at Queen Mary University London. Helen is writing her second book which will be published by Penguin.