Ian Mortimer


 

About Ian Mortimer

Ian Mortimer was born in Petts Wood (Kent) in 1967. He won a scholarship to Eastbourne College (Sussex) and later read for a B.A. degree in history at the University of Exeter (1989), a M.A. degree in archive studies at University College London (1993), and the degrees of Ph.D. and D.Litt. at the University of Exeter (2004, 2011). Between 1991 and 2003 he worked for a succession of archive and historical research organisations, including Devon Record Office, the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts and the universities of Exeter and Reading. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1998, and was awarded the Alexander Prize (2004) for his work on the social history of medicine.

He is one of the most innovative historians working today, pushing the boundaries of both literary form and historical methodology. He also is a keen advocate of the public importance of history, at national level and in the community. Present and past public roles include:

He lives in Moretonhampstead, on the north-eastern edge of Dartmoor (Devon), with his wife Sophie and their three children. Hobbies include visiting historical sites and writing fiction as well as poetry and songs. Further information is available in an autobiographical note, written in 2008, what's new?' and interviews.

For those interested in visiting Moretonhampstead or Dartmoor National Park, the house in Ford Street where he wrote all his books from The Greatest Traitor (2003) to The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England (2012), and where he was living when he began Centuries of Change, is now run by the new owners as a Bed and Breakfast. Enquire at Belmont B&B.