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James Forrester - Author

About the Author

James Forrester is a pen name for historian Dr Ian Mortimer. Dr Mortimer is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the author of four highly acclaimed medieval biographies

 

Since his first book was published seven years ago, Dr Ian Mortimer has challenged conventional understandings of the past. This includes correcting dubious facts as well as reconsidering the ways we 'do' history – from studying a man over the course of a single year to writing history as a guidebook, in the present tense. 


As James Forrester, his first novel Sacred Treason combines the impeccable research of his non-fiction with the power and pace of the best thriller writing.


Dr Ian Mortimer has BA, MA and PhD degrees in history, and is both a qualified archivist and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He was awarded the Alexander Prize by the Royal Historical Society in 2004, and was made an Honorary Research Fellow at Exeter shortly afterwards.


Since 2001 he has been a self-employed writer. His main output to date is a sequence of biographies, one per generation, collectively telling the story of political power in England from 1300-1415. Four volumes have been published, namely The Greatest Traitor: the life of Sir Roger Mortimer, The Perfect King: the life of Edward III, The Fears of Henry IV, and 1415: Henry V's Year of Glory. His new non fiction book, 1415, examines Henry V on a day-by-day basis, juxtaposing simultaneous developments around Europe to create a fully integrated narrative.


Ian lives on the north-eastern edge of Dartmoor (Devon) with his wife Sophie and their three children. His hobbies include visiting historical sites, playing music (guitars and singing), drinking with friends, playing tennis, writing poetry, and walking in and around Dartmoor.  He is a confident broadcaster and has appeared on national radio and television, most recently on Radio 4’s The Today Programme, Channel 4’s Time Team and Radio 4’s Front Row.

 

For more information, visit www.jamesforrester.co.uk.

Featured books by James Forrester

Other books by James Forrester

A Tour Made in Italy in the Year 1769

A Tour Made in Italy in the Year 1769

Author: James Forrester Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/04/2018

The Final Sacrament

The Final Sacrament

Author: James Forrester Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/03/2013

From the author of The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England, now a major BBC 2 TV series, comes the next enthralling Elizabethan thriller. September 1566. William Harley, Clarenceux King of Arms, lives quietly with his family in London, with a document in his possession that could destroy the state. The aged Lady Percy, Countess of Northumberland, has not given up trying to find it. Nor has she forgotten how he betrayed her and the Catholic cause - she has spent the last two years planning her revenge. But then eloquent and adventurous courtier, John Greystoke suddenly seems most concerned for Clarenceux's safety. And why, on behalf of the government, does Francis Walsingham have spies watching Clarenceux's house day and night? When his wife and his daughter go missing, Clarenceux finds himself on the run with his other young daughter, hunted by Lady Percy's agents. He knows he must finally destroy the document, even if it should cost him his life - but how can he, until he has reunited his family?

The Roots of Betrayal

The Roots of Betrayal

Author: James Forrester Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/02/2012

From the author of The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England, now a major BBC 2 TV series, and SACRED TREASON comes the brilliant new Elizabethan thriller. 1564: Catholic herald William Harley, Clarenceux King of Arms, is the custodian of a highly dangerous document. When it is stolen, Clarenceux immediately suspects a group of Catholic sympathisers, the self-styled Knights of the Round Table. Francis Walsingham, the ruthless protege of the queen's Principal Secretary, Sir William Cecil, intercepts a coded message from the Knights to a Countess known to have Catholic leanings. He is convinced that Clarenceux is trying to use the document to advance the cause of the Catholic Queen. And soon Clarenceux enters a nightmare of suspicion, deception and conspiracy. Conflict and fear, compounded by the religious doubts of the time, conceal a persistent mystery. Where has the document gone? Who has it and who really took it? And why? The roots of betrayal are deep and shocking: and Clarenceux's journey towards the truth entails not just the discovery of clues and signs, but also the discovery of himself.

A Tour Made in Italy in the Year 1769

A Tour Made in Italy in the Year 1769

Author: James Forrester Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/05/2010

Camelot A Role-Playing Simulation for Political Decision Making

Camelot A Role-Playing Simulation for Political Decision Making

Author: James Forrester, James R. Woodworth, W. Gump Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/07/2005

CAMELOT: A ROLE PLAYING SIMULATION introduces you to the interactions of contending and contentious groups and individuals whose values and goals range from radical to reactionary. It addresses such issues as equal opportunity, right to life, freedom of expression, affirmative action, property rights, gay rights, and more. You will quickly learn that competing interests and viewpoints - with their varying degrees of organization and cohesiveness - make political decision-making complex, time consuming, exciting, and often difficult to predict.

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