The Tudor Society Team

The Main Team

Claire Ridgway

claire_ridgway_at_the_alhambraClaire Ridgway is the creator of The Anne Boleyn Files, which is one of the most popular Tudor history websites in the world, and she is also the author of six best-selling Tudor history books: Sweating Sickness: In a Nutshell, George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Diplomat, The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown, On This Day in Tudor History, The Anne Boleyn Collection and The Anne Boleyn Collection II. Claire was also involved in the English translation and editing of Edmond Bapst's 19th century French biography of George Boleyn and Henry Howard, now available as Two Gentleman Poets at the Court of Henry VIII.

Claire worked in education and freelance writing before creating The Anne Boleyn Files history website and becoming a full-time history researcher, blogger and author.

Claire founded The Tudor Society in August 2014. Her aim was to make use of today's technology to bring the experts to the people, instead of people having to travel thousands of miles for a talk. She also wanted to create a community of Tudor history lovers where knowledge can be shared and topics debated and discussed.

Tim Ridgway

TimTim Ridgway is Claire's husband and is the techy expert who keeps Claire's websites up and running. Tim's background is in electronic engineering, sound engineering and web design so he brings many skills to the Tudor Society. Nowadays, he is also the CEO of MadeGlobal Publishing, an independent publisher publishing non-fiction and fiction books and e-books.

Tim is responsible for the Tudor Society website design and maintenance, along with the layout of the monthly magazine. Claire often says that it is Tim who turns her dreams and ideas into reality.

Gareth Russell

Gareth1Historian and author Gareth Russell is the editor of Tudor Life, the monthly magazine of the Tudor Society. He studied History at Saint Peter's College, Oxford, and his masters at Queen's University, Belfast. He is the author of the 'Confessions of a Ci-Devant' historical blog and his modern novels and his historical research have both been profiled in THE SUNDAY TIMES, TATLER, THE IRISH NEWS, and THE HUFFINGTON POST. He has also appeared on BBC TV and radio, where he provided commentary on the birth of Prince George of Cambridge and where he will be interviewed again about royalty and the First World War for the 2014 centenary. He has published many books including A history of the English Monarchy and Young and damned and fair.

Catherine Brooks

Catherine works for Made Global Publishing and is also involved in the day to day running of the Tudor Society, liaising with speakers and contributors. She's a wonder!

Catherine has a keen interest in Tudor history and represented the Tudor Society in an interview for Sky News about the reinterment of Richard III's remains at Leicester.

Regular Contributors

Kyra Kramer

Kyra KramerKyra Cornelius Kramer is the author of Blood Will Tell: A Medical Explanation for the Tyranny of Henry VIII, Henry VIII's Health in a Nutshell and Mansfield Parsonage.

Kyra is a freelance academic with BS degrees in both biology and anthropology from the University of Kentucky, as well as an MA in medical anthropology from Southern Methodist University. She has written essays on the agency of the Female Gothic heroine and women's bodies as feminist texts in the works of Jennifer Crusie. She has also co-authored two works; one with Dr Laura Vivanco on the way in which the bodies of romance heroes and heroines act as the sites of reinforcement of, and resistance to, enculturated sexualities and gender ideologies, and another with Dr Catrina Banks Whitley on Henry VIII.

Kyra writes for Tudor Life magazine.

Jane Moulder

Jane Moulder is our Tudor music expert and is a member of Piva, a Renaissance music group who play throughout the UK and Europe. She has a long held love for traditional and early music and has been actively playing with various groups for too many years to mention! The resident bookworm of the group, she is a researcher into music and manners of the 14th to 18th Centuries. She researches and develops Piva’s repertoire and performance programmes.

Jane has also published a number of historical music books including Living History Tune Books. She also makes historical woodwind instruments along with her husband, and plays various bagpipes, recorders, renaissance flute, crumhorns, rauschpfeifen, shawm and curtal.

Jane writes for Tudor Life magazine.

Toni Mount

Toni Mount earned her research Masters degree from the University of Kent in 2009 through study of a medieval medical manuscript held at the Wellcome Library in London. Recently she also completed a Diploma in Literature and Creative Writing with the Open University.

Toni has published many non-fiction books, but always wanted to write a medieval thriller, and her novels "The Colour of Poison," "The Colour of Gold" and now "The Colour of Cold Blood" are the result. After many years of teaching history to adults, several of her courses are now available online at www.medievalcourses.com

Toni writes for Tudor Life magazine.

Lauren Browne

Lauren Browne is currently studying at Queen's University, Belfast, for her Ph. D. in early modern attitudes to queenship. She previously completed her undergraduate with a dissertation on Elizabeth of York and her postgraduate on Eleanor of Aquitaine. Lauren is originally from Northern Ireland, where she discovered her love for history and the arts.

Lauren writes for Tudor Life magazine.

Emma Taylor

Emma Elizabeth Taylor works for costumes for television in her native Northern Ireland. As an actress, Emma also played feisty socialite Imogen Dawson in every theatre adaptation of the "Popular" novels, published by MadeGlobal, between 2011 and 2016. She has costumed theatre productions set at the court of Marie-Antoinette and runs the blog, "Liz Taylor Talks Costume", about her love of period and modern costumes.

Emma writes for Tudor Life magazine.

Charlie Fenton

Charlie FentonCharlie Fenton is the author of Perseverance, an historical novel about the life of Anne Boleyn, and 1066 & The Battle of Hastings in a Nutshell and she also runs a blog and Facebook page called Through the Eyes of Anne Boleyn which she uses to document and share her research into Anne Boleyn's life.

Charlie is a student and is currently studying Medieval History in university.

Charlie writes monthly book reviews for Tudor Life Magazine

Conor Byrne


Conor Byrne studied History at the University of Exeter. He is the author of Katherine Howard: A New History and Queenship in England, both published by MadeGlobal Publishing. Since 2012 he has run a historical blog and specialises in late medieval and early modern European history, with a focus on gender, sexuality and the monarchy.

Conor writes regular articles for the Tudor Society website.

Alex Taylor

IMG_8731Alexander Taylor is an undergraduate history student from the south west of England. He initially found his interest in Tudor history around three years ago when he stumbled across one of his mother's historical biographies of Queen Katherine Howard, and since then he's been utterly fascinated by this unique and exciting period.

Alex writes regular articles for the Tudor Society website.

Rioghnach O'Geraghty

Rioghnach O'Geraghty is an Australian re-enactor based in the Barossa Valley in South Australia. She has been involved in the Australian medieval re-enactment scene since her undergraduate years at the University of Adelaide in 1989.

Rioghnach has always had a passion for medieval history and culture and it has allowed her to learn and explore through the use of reconstructive archaeology. Rioghnach is particularly interested in the history and use of spices during the periods of the Hundred Years War, Medieval and Tudor England. She has participated in numerous baronial feasts in the Kitchen Autocrat, researching recipes and spices from primary sources.

Rioghnach writes for Tudor Life magazine.

Rebecca Larson

American by birth but English at heart, Rebecca Larson is the owner of TudorsDynasty.com and loves researching all things Tudor.

Her favourite thing about the dynasty is all the drama and scandals - there is never a dull moment when reading about Tudor history.

Rebecca writes some of our Tudor Society Sunday quizzes.