Curriculum Vitae


  • 2024 The World Made by Women: A New History of Humanity (Penguin/Random House)
  • 2015 ‘Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: A Propaganda Tool for the Enemy?’ in Exploring Lincoln: Great Historians Reappraise Our Greatest President, eds. Harold Holzer, Craig L. Symonds, and Frank J. Williams (Oxford University Press)
  • 2014 ‘Coda: A Rountable on Memory’ in The Civil War as Global Conflict: Transnational Meanings of the American Civil War eds. David T. Gleeson and Simon Lewis (University of South Carolina Press)
  • 2014 ‘Greenwich Village’ in Greenwich Village Stories: A Collection of Memories, ed. by Judith Stonehill (Universe)
  • 2013 ‘How to Lose Allies and Alienate People’ in The New York Times’ Disunion: Modern Historians Revisit and Reconsider the Civil War from Lincoln’s Election to the Emancipation Proclamation, ed. Ted Widmer (Black Dog & Leventhal)
  • 2013 ‘Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: A Propaganda Tool for the Enemy?’ in Reconfiguring the Union: Civil War Transformations, eds. Iwan W. Morgan and Philip John Davies (Palgrave Macmillan)
  • 2013 ‘Hyde Park’ in City Parks: Public Places, Private Thoughts, ed. Catie Marron (HarperCollins)
  • 2010/11 A World on Fire (Penguin UK, Random House US)
  • 2008 Introduction to George IV, Christopher Hibbert (Palgrave Macmillan)
  • 2004 ‘What if Britain and the United States had gone to war in 1861’ in What Might have Been, ed. Andrew Roberts (Weidenfeld)
  • 2004 Series editor with Professor Lisa Jardine, ‘Making History’, (HarperCollins world-wide)
  • 2002 New Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press), Multiple entries.
  • 2001 Introduction to Madame de Pompadour, Nancy Mitford (New York Review of Books)
  • 2001 Introduction to The Sylph, Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire (Henry Parker UK)
  • 1998 Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire (HarperCollins UK, Random House US, 2000)
  • 1997 ‘A Politician’s Politician’ in Gender in Eighteenth Century England: Roles, Representations and Responsibilities, eds. Elaine Chalus and Hannah Barker (Longmans UK)

Television and Radio Documentaries:

  • 2019 Contributor and Associate Producer, ITV: Victoria’s Palace
  • 2017 Series Consultant, Contributor, NatGeo: Origins
  • 2015 Writer, presenter, BBC 2: The Ascent of Woman
  • 2014 Writer, presenter, BBC Radio 4: The Georgians
  • 2011 Contributor, Channel 5: ‘Code Plan Red’
    • Contributor, BBC Radio 4: The Prime Ministers: Series 2: 2. Earl Grey
    • Writer, presenter, BBC Radio 3: What is History?: Episode 3
    • Writer, presenter, BBC 2: This Week, 27 May
    • Writer, presenter, BBC 2: This Week, 8 November
  • 2002 Contributor, BBC 2 Reputations: ‘Marie Antoinette’
    • Writer, presenter, Channel 4 Television: ‘The Duke of Wellington and his Women’
  • 2001 Writer, presenter BBC Radio 4: ‘Queen Victoria’
  • 1999 Presenter and Writer, BBC Television, Newsnight: ‘The Abolition of the House of Lords: What the Future Holds’
    • Consultant, Channel Four: ‘The Peoples’ Duchess: Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire’
  • 1998 Writer, presenter, BBC Radio 4: ‘The History of the Temperance Movement’


  • 2012 Fletcher Pratt Award for excellence in Civil War history writing.
  • 1999 Whitbread Prize for Best Biography
  • 1993 Henrietta Jex-Blake Senior Fellowship, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford


  • 2012 Lincoln Prize
  • 2012 Lionel Gelber Prize
  • 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award
  • 2011 Jefferson Davis Award
  • 2010 PEN/Hessell-Tiltman History Prize
  • 1998 Guardian First Book Award