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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.

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