David Starkey

Broadcaster and historical biographer...

David Starkey

Biography

Date of birth: 3 January 1945

Starkey was born the only child of poor Quaker parents in Kendal, Westmorland (now Cumbria), England. His mother, Elsie Lyon, a strong personality, had a powerful influence on Starkey's formative years; he portrays his father, Robert Starkey, as a gentle, somewhat ineffectual man.

Despite suffering from painful physical disabilities (polio and a double club foot), Starkey did well at grammar school and won a scholarship to read history at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, of which he is still a fellow. Here he came under the influence of G.R Elton. Their relationship was stormy. According to Starkey, Elton provided the stern father figure he had never had, against whom to rebel.

His television series on Henry VIII of England, Elizabeth I of England, the Six Wives of Henry VIII and on the lesser-known Tudor monarchs have made him a familiar face. In 2004 he began a new Channel 4 multi-year series Monarchy, which chronicled the history of English Kings and Queens from the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms onward. His greatest contribution to Tudor research has been in explaining the complicated social etiquette of Henry's household, exploring the complicated nature of Catherine Howard's fall in 1541/1542, and rescuing Anne Boleyn from the historical doldrums by persuasively proving that she was a committed religious reformer, keen politician and sparkling intellectual.

Book and writing awards

Awarded a CBE in 2007 for services to history.

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David Starkey's Music and Monarchy

David Starkey's Music and Monarchy

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For the kings and queens of England, a trumpet fanfare or crash of cymbals could be as vital a weapon as a cannon. Showcasing a monarch's power, prestige and taste, music has been the lifeblood of many a royal dynasty. From sacred choral...
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Henry: Virtuous Prince

Henry: Virtuous Prince (Paperback)

by David Starkey

Format: Paperback 400 pages
Published: 19/03/2009
Publisher: HarperPerennial

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Bestselling royal historian David Starkey's captivating biography is a radical re-evaluation of Henry VIII, the British monarchy's most... Read more

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The Reign of Henry VIII: The Personalities and Politics

The Reign of Henry VIII: The Personalities and Politics (Paperback)

by David Starkey

Format: Paperback 176 pages
Published: 03/10/2002
Publisher: Vintage

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Henry VIII was almost never alone. He was surrounded, twenty-four hours a day, by the small group of intimates and personal attendants who made up... Read more

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Henry Howard, the Poet Earl of Surrey: A Life

Henry Howard, the Poet Earl of Surrey: A Life (Paperback)

by W.A. Sessions, et al.

Format: Paperback 466 pages
Published: 27/03/2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press

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The first comprehensive biography of Henry Howard, Poet Earl of Surrey, this influential book fills a major gap in the history of early modern... Read more

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Elizabeth

Elizabeth (Paperback)

by David Starkey

Format: Paperback 384 pages
Published: 01/03/2001
Publisher: Vintage

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A woman in a man's world, confident of her destiny to reign, intensely intelligent, passionately sexual yet (she said) a virgin, Elizabeth was... Read more

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Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII

Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII (Paperback)

by David Starkey

Format: Paperback 880 pages
Published: 04/03/2004
Publisher: Vintage

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Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived CATHERINE OF ARAGON: the pious Spanish Catholic who suffered years of miscarriages and failed... Read more

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Crown and Country: A History of England Through the Monarchy

Crown and Country: A History of England Through the Monarchy (Paperback)

by David Starkey

Format: Paperback 488 pages
Published: 29/09/2011
Publisher: HarperPress

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From one of our finest historians comes an outstanding exploration of the British monarchy from the retreat of the Romans up until the modern day.... Read more

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Royal River: Power, Pageantry & the Thames

Royal River: Power, Pageantry & the Thames (Paperback)

by David Starkey, et al.

Format: Paperback 288 pages
Published: 25/04/2012
Publisher: Scala Publishers Ltd

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This lavishly illustrated catalogue, published to accompany the major exhibition at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich in 2012, explores the... Read more

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