historian shares secrets with Vintage
Top historian and
author Tracy Borman shares some surprising secrets in this autumn’s edition of Vintage Script—the writing magazine for
all things vintage, historical and retro.
In the magazine, Tracy
reveals that despite being portrayed as “man’s woman” it was women who were
most important to Elizabeth I and that before her book, there had never been a
biography of Matilda, the first queen of England, in English. She also reveals
the surprising story of Henrietta Howard, mistress of King George II, who loved
and left the king and found contentment and intellectual satisfaction in later
Tracy also gives readers some tips on historical writing: ‘It's amazing how much you can achieve by taking one step (or perhaps chapter) at a time, and not getting too overwhelmed by the overall word count,’ she says. ‘Little and often is the key. That, and the fabulous cakes in the British Library, which have sustained me through three and a half books so far!’ she adds.
‘It’s been an
absolute privilege to interview Tracy for the magazine, and makes this edition
extra-special,’ said editor Emma Louise Oram. ‘As well as Tracy’s wonderful
insights, we have some atmospheric stories and articles conjuring up the autumn
season, set throughout history and across the four corners of the world.’
To read the full
interview with Tracy Borman, see the Contact, buy & subscribe page for details of how to order your copy.
Borman is an author and historian, whose books include Elizabeth’s Women: The Hidden Story of the Virgin Queen, Henrietta Howard: King’s Mistress, Queen’s
Servant and Matilda: Queen of the
Conqueror, which has just been released in paperback by Vintage. Tracy
regularly appears on television and radio and contributes to publications
including BBC History Magazine. Find out more about Tracy’s work at
14 October 2012