Tracy Borman OBE

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Tracy Borman OBE is a best-selling author and historian, specialising in the Tudor period. Her books include Elizabeth’s Women, which was Book of the Week on Radio 4, Thomas Cromwell: the untold story of Henry VIII’s most faithful servant, which was a Sunday Times bestseller, The Private Lives of the Tudors and most recently Henry VIII and the Men Who Made Him. She has also written a historical fiction trilogy, The King’s Witch, based around the Gunpowder Plot and the court of James I.

Tracy studied and taught history at the University of Hull and was awarded a PHD in 1997. She went on to a successful career in heritage and have worked for a range of historic properties and national heritage organisations, including the Heritage Lottery Fund, The National Archives and English Heritage. She is now Chief Executive of the Heritage Education Trust, a charity that encourages children to visit and learn from historic properties through the Sandford Award scheme. She is also joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces, the charity that manages Hampton Court Palace, the Tower of London, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace, the Banqueting House, Whitehall and Hillsborough Castle.

Tracy is a regular broadcaster and has presented four series for Yesterday TV inspired by her research into the private lives of people from the past. She also presented a documentary on Anne Boleyn for Channel 5 and appeared in two series of Inside the Tower of London. Tracy is a regular contributor to BBC History Magazine and gives talks on her books across the country and abroad.

In 2024, Tracy was awarded an OBE for services to heritage in the King’s Birthday Honours.

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