Kate Williams is an author, social historian and broadcaster. She fell in love with history whilst studying for her BA at the University of Oxford. She has an MA from Queen Mary, University of London and a DPhil from the University of Oxford. She is currently Professor of Public History at the University of Reading and is also a lecturer and TV consultant, appearing regularly on the BBC and Channel 4. Kate is the author of four historical biographies of Emma Hamilton, Queen Victoria, Elizabeth II and Empress Josephine as well as a series of novels. She lives in London.