Professor Kate Williams is a historian specialising in Modern History and Royal and Constitutional Affairs. Her six volumes of history achieve the delicate balancing act of combining scholarly detail with page turning narrative, a skill which has led to her rise to prominence as a presenter of televised history. Educated at Somerville College, Oxford and currently Professor of Modern History at Reading University, she has illuminated the lives of numerous key female figures from history. Her works of non-fiction include acclaimed biographies of Emma Hamilton and Napoleon’s consort Josephine de Beauharnais, as well as Rival Queens, about the lives of Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots. She has also written four historical novels ranging from the 1840s, in The Pleasure of Men, to the Great Depression, in House of Shadows.