Derek Wilson, one of our leading biographers and novelists, came to prominence thirty years ago, after graduating from Cambridge, with A Tudor Tapestry: Men, Women and Society in Reformation England. This was followed by several critically acclaimed and bestselling books such as Rothschild:A Story of Wealth and Power, Sweet Robin: Robert Dudley Earl of Leicester, The King and the Gentleman: Charles Stuart and Oliver Cromwell 1599-1649, In the Lion's Court:Power, Ambition and Sudden Death in the Reign of Henry VIII, All the King's Women: Love, Sex and Politics in the Life of Charles II and Hans Holbein. He has also written and presented numerous radio and television programmes.
In 2003, he launched the annual Cambridge festival, which provides a forum for readers, authors and media presenters to share their enthusiasm for historical fact and fiction. More details can be found on his website: www.derekwilson.com
Full of incident and anecdote, this popular narrative history focuses on the crucial involvement in politics and pleasure of a group of women in the back-biting, gossip-ridden world of the Stuart Court.