Suzannah Lipscomb is an historian, author, broadcaster, and award-winning professor emerita of history at the University of Roehampton.
Suzannah has presented series on the BBC, ITV and Channel 5. Her most recent series was London: 2000 Years of History for Channel 5. She also co-presented a three part series on Elizabeth I, where she told the epic story from the monarch's point of view and a three part series on the Great Fire of London, where Suzannah followed the stories of those affected by the historic fire, along with the four part series Henry VIII and His Six Wives with Dan Jones, all for Channel 5. She also presented the series Witch Hunt: A Century of Murder and Henry & Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History, both two-part series.
Suzannah was a regular panellist on the BBC Two quiz show Insert Name Here.
Suzannah presented BBC4's Hidden Killers series of documentaries - The Victorian Home, The Edwardian Home, The Tudor Home and The Post-War Home, all to great acclaim and frequently repeated.
She also presented the two part series Nicholas and Alexandra for UKTV.
Suzannah co-presented ITV's I Never Knew That about Britain and for National Geographic Suzannah presented two series: ‘Bloody Tales of the Tower of London’ and 'Bloody Tales of Europe' and featured extensively throughout BBC2's 'The Last Days of Anne Boleyn' and also Yesterday's Secret Life Of.... series. Suzannah's reports also featured on ITV's Britain's Secret Treasures series.
Suzannah presented the award winning podcast series for Historic England, Irreplaceable: A History of England in 100 Places and the podcast series History’s Lost Speeches for Audible. In April 2021 she launched her own podcast, Not Just the Tudors, with History Hit and it immediately rose to the top of the history charts.
For the Royal Wedding of 2011 and the funeral of Prince Philip, Suzannah commentated live as part of the CTV (Canadian Television) studio coverage from Buckingham Palace and for the wedding of Prince Harry to Megan Markle Suzannah appeared on Channel 5 News and BBC Breakfast. She has also appeared on BBC’s The One Show, Channel 4’s Time Team, and BBC Radio 4, and presented BBC Radio 3’s The Essay. She has also made appearances on BBC2's Newsnight and Channel 4 News and on royal historical documentaries.
Suzannah is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
As a Scholar, Suzannah took a double first in her BA and a distinction in her Masters, both in History at Lincoln College, Oxford. She won the Jowett Senior Scholarship to Balliol College, Oxford, to study her D.Phil. in History, which she was awarded in 2009. In 2006-2007, she held a Royal Historical Society Marshall Research Fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research. In 2007-2010, Suzannah was Research Curator at Hampton Court Palace.
She was also a consultant to Historic Royal Palaces and an External Advisory Member on their Research Strategy Board. She was Chair of the Costa Book Award judges in 2020.
She is author of The Voices of Nîmes: Women, Sex, and Marriage in Reformation Languedoc (OUP, 2019), Witchcraft (Penguin Ladybird 2018), The King is Dead: The Last Will and Testament of Henry VIII (Head of Zeus, 2015), A Visitor’s Companion to Tudor England (Ebury, 2012), and 1536: The Year that Changed Henry VIII (Lion Hudson, 2009). She writes a regular column for History Today, and her articles have appeared in The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph, The Times, The Daily Mail, BBC History Magazine, and the Times Literary Supplement.
She is frequently invited to give talks and after-dinner speeches at business events, galleries, museums, clubs, schools, literary festivals and local history societies.
Suzannah's Website: www.suzannahlipscomb.com