Books and events

The Last Royal Rebel: The Life and Death of James, Duke of Monmouth

After four years' work my biography of Charles II's adored bastard son, James, Duke of Monmouth, was published by Bloomsbury. It tells the extraordinary story of the Duke's tumultuous life, culminating in his invasion of England in 1685 and the last battle fought on English soil. Read a free chapter or my blog about James’ connection to one of Landmark’s buildings The Ghost of Fox Hall.

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Landmark: A History of Britain in 50 Buildings

Co-written with Caroline Stanford, Landmark’s Historian, this sumptuously illustrated book celebrates the Landmark Trust's achievements in protecting British heritage since the charity was established 50 years ago. From Purton Green, a medieval hall house, to Astley Castle, the winner of the 2013 RIBA Stirling Prize for Architecture, 50 buildings rescued by Landmark vividly illustrate the history of Britain from 1250 to the present day. One of Landmark’s Ambassadors, Griff Rhys Jones, kindly wrote the foreword.

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Other books

The Elizabethan Garden at Kenilworth, with John Watkins English Heritage, 2012 
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The Crown Jewels, Thames & Hudson and the Royal Collection, 2011
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‘The shadow of a king?: the exile of Charles II of Great Britain’, in Torsten Riotte, ed., Monarchy in Exile. Palgrave Macmillan, 2011
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‘Charles II and the reconstruction of monarchy’ in Marcello Fantoni, George Gorse and Malcolm Smuts,eds., The Politics of Space: Courts in Europe and the Mediterranean, c. 1500-1750. Bulzoni, 2009
The Magnificent Monarch: Charles II and the Ceremonies of Power. London: Hambledon Continuum, 2008

The White Tower, Edward Impey, ed.. London and New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008. Author of all three post-medieval chapters (about 20,000 words) covering the history of the castle from 1485 to 2000.
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The Elizabethan Tower of London: the Hayward and Gascoyne Plan of 1597. London: London Topographical Society, 2001


30 November 2017, 7pm at The St Pancras Old Church on The Last Royal Rebel 

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