Jessie Childs

Jessie Childs is an award-winning historian, broadcaster and the author of God’s Traitors (PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History), Henry VIII’s Last Victim (Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography) and, most recently, The Siege of Loyalty House, which tells the story of the heroic resistance of a royalist mansion in the English Civil War. Simon Schama has called it ‘extraordinary, thrilling, immersive… at times almost Tolstoyan in its emotional intelligence and literary power’.

Jessie has written and reviewed for many papers, including the Sunday Times, Guardian and London Review of Books. TV contributions include the BAFTA-nominated Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents (BBC 2 & PBS) and two BBC series on Charles I.

She lives with her husband, two daughters and a cairn terrier in Hammersmith, not far from a brewery, a distillery, and the River Thames.

Books in order of publication:

Henry VIII’s Last Victim: The Life and Times of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey – 2007

God’s Traitors: Terror & Faith in Elizabethan England – 2014

The Siege of Loyalty House: A Civil War Story – 2022

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