PODCAST: Not Just the Tudors: Interviewed by Prof. Suzannah Lipscomb about the Tudor origins of the Gunpowder Plot:

REVIEW: The Making of Oliver Cromwell by Ronald Hutton for the Telegraph.


TV: SONGS OF PRAISE, BBC One, Sunday 18 July – Jessie talks to Katherine Jenkins at Arundel Cathedral about St Philip Howard.




History Today HEAD TO HEADThe Pandemic and History – Four historians consider whether the experience of the pandemic has changed their views on the nature of historical crises (June issue).


PODCAST: Interviewed for the first Harvington Hall Podcast. Listen here


TV: Interviewed by Lucy Worsley on Royal History’s Biggest Fibs, Episode I: The Reformation, Tuesday 18th February, 9pm BBC Four


REVIEW: Providence Lost: The Rise & Fall of Cromwell’s Protectorate by Paul Lay for the Guardian.


TV: Series 2: Charles I: Killing a King, BBC FOUR, 9pm on 17th, 18th and 19th December. 




















TV: Jessie appears in BBC FOUR’s 3-part series Charles I: Downfall of a King (Darlow Smithson Productions), airing at 9pm on 9th, 10th  & 11th July.












COLUMN: June issue of History Today – From Russia with Love


TALK: Buckingham History Festival, 28 April – ‘God’s Traitors: Treason and Faith in Elizabethan England’ (2-3 pm). click for info


REVIEWBattle-scarred: Mortality, Medical Care and Military Welfare in the British Civil Wars edited by David Appleby and Andrew Hopper, for the London Review of Books.



10 December: Jessie appeared in the Josh Duhamel episode of Who Do You Think You Are on TLC.


6 October: Althorp Literary Festival – Jessie will be talking to Helen Castor about Elizabeth I (4-5pm), and to Leanda de Lisle and Nadine Akkerman about the seventeenth century (5.30-6.30pm). click for info


REVIEW: Thomas Cromwell: A Life by Diarmaid MacCulloch for the Guardian


PODCAST: BBC History Extra podcast about Thomas Tresham and his extraordinary building, Rushton Triangular Lodge, in Northamptonshire. Accompanies the History Explorer article in BBC History Magazine 

REVIEWInvisible Agents by Nadine Akkerman for the Telegraph


REVIEW: The King and the Catholics by Antonia Fraser for the Guardian.


REVIEW: White King: Charles I – Traitor, Murderer, King by Leanda de Lisle for the Daily Telegraph



HISTORY HIT PODCAST – Christmas Special 2017 – with Dan Snow, Helen Castor, Anna Whitelock and Sarah Churchwell









TV: Contributor to episodes 2 & 3 of the RTS Award-winning & BAFTA-nominated documentary series, ELIZABETH I’S SECRET AGENTS (72 Films for BBC 2 & PBS) – Click here for more details








REVIEWLady Fanshawe’s Receipt Book by Lucy Moore for the Daily Telegraph

Gunpowder Goes off with a Bang – Review of the first episode of the BBC 1 drama Gunpowder for the Sunday Times

REVIEW: To Catch a King by Charles Spencer for the Daily Telegraph


REVIEW: Black Tudors by Miranda Kaufmann for the Financial Times

16 September – HISTORY MASTERCLASS on The Gunpowder Plot, Stowe School, Buckingham, 10am-1pm

The Gunpowder Plot – A History Masterclass with Jessie Childs

History Today interview – ON THE SPOT


29 June – Chalke Valley History Festival: How To Be a Historian – HISTORY MASTERCLASS with Suzannah Lipscomb, Sam Willis and James Daybell, 10am – 12.30. click here for more info.

29 June – TV: History Hit Live at the Chalke Valley History Festival – with Dan Snow and James Holland (at 33:40): https://youtu.be/e3phzE9GQrA?t=33m40s



27 June –  RADIO BBC Wiltshire – talking history on the James Thomas show click here to listen again


REVIEWLondon’s Triumph: Merchant Adventurers and the Tudor City by Stephen Alford for the Guardian


REVIEWYoung & Damned & Fair: The Life and Tragedy of Catherine Howard at the Court of Henry VIII by Gareth Russell for Literary Review

REVIEWPoets, Players, and Preachers: Remembering the Gunpowder Plot in Seventeenth-Century England by Anne James for TLS



PODCAST – 22 December – Discussing years worse than 2016 with Dan Snow, Marc Morris and Dan Jones on History Hit. Click here to listen







TV18 November & 9 December: Contributor to ‘SECRETS OF GREAT BRITISH CASTLES’ presented by Dan Jones. Eps. 3 (York Castle) & 6 (Arundel Castle) – 8pm, Channel 5.





REVIEW: The Tunnel Through Time: A New Route for an Old London Journey by Gillian Tindall for The Daily Telegraph

21 September – TALK: The Keys: The Catholic Writers’ Guild of England and Wales, Farm Street, Mayfair


20 June‘Shifting Sands: Historians Change Their Minds’History Today


REVIEWElizabeth: The Forgotten Years by John Guy for The Daily Telegraph

REVIEW: A Stain in the Blood: The remarkable voyage of Sir Kenelm Digby by Joe Moshenska for the TLS


PODCAST – 29 April: Talking God’s Traitors with Dan Snow on History Hit. click here to listen

10 April – Cambridge Literary Festival: 5:30-6:30pm: PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History. Judges Lara Feigel, David Reynolds and Jessie Childs discuss their shortlist and the winner of the 2016 Hessell-Tiltman Prize (The German War by Nicholas Stargardt), and reflect on trends in historical non-fiction and what makes a prize-winning history book. click here for more info


8 March – Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution, 8pm: God’s Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England. click here for more info


1 February – TV: Contributor to ‘BLOODY QUEENS: Elizabeth and Mary’, BBC 2, 9pm. click here for more info and a clip. ‘The historian, Jessie Childs, excelled at telling the story with infectious enthusiasm.’ – The Telegraph

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REVIEWCatullus’ Bedspread by Daisy Dunn for Standpoint



17 November – London History Festival: 7pm: God’s Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England – click here for more info

3 November – Art Fund Lecture with Lady Vaux, Gatehouse of Fleet – click here for more info


31 October – PODCAST: Talking Tudors with Dan Snow on History Hit. click here to listen

29 October – English PEN announces the judging panel for the Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History: Lara Feigel, David Reynolds and Jessie Childs. click here for more info

REVIEW: An Industrious Mind: The Worlds of Sir Simonds D’Ewes by J. Sears McGee for the TLS


REVIEWHow to Plan a Crusade by Christopher Tyerman for the Guardian

19 September – Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival: 12pm – click here for more info








16 September – Evening talk at Stonyhurst College, Lancashire


25 August – RADIO: Historians’ Question Time with Claire Tomalin, Justin Champion and Dan Jones. Chaired by Helen Castor. Making History, BBC Radio 4, 3pm


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Chalke Valley History Festival:

26 JuneGod’s Traitors talk click here for more info







28 June – 10am, BBC Tent: Armada: 12 Days to Save England – Panel with Anna Whitelock, Saul David and the Executive Producer Cameron Balbirnie.

28 June – 3.15pm, BBC Tent: Historians’ Question Time for Making History, BBC Radio4 – with Claire Tomalin, Justin Champion and Dan Jones. Chaired by Helen Castor.

REVIEWThe Audacious Crimes of Colonel Blood by Robert Hutchinson for the TLS




24 May, 31 May, 7 June – TV: Contributor to ‘ARMADA: 12 Days to Save England’, BBC 2, 9pm Armada pic



29 April – The Upper Room Lecture, Hammersmith, 8pm – click here for more info

15 April – PEN Literary Salon at the London Book Fair, Olympia, 4.30pm – In conversation with Tom Holland:


9 April – PRIZE: God’s Traitors wins the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History click here for PEN press release



21 March – Sheffield Manor Lodge, 2.30pm – click here for more info

19 March – Harrowden Hall, 7pm

5 March – UK Paperback PUBLICATION of God’s Traitors by Vintage – click here for more info


REVIEW: ‘My History’ by Antonia Fraser for the The Tablet

22 January – Jaipur Literature Festival: 2.15pm: Terror & Faith in history with Peter Frankopan, William Pinch, Ahmed Rashid and Llewelyn Morgan

Jaipur panel pic


21 January – Jaipur Literature Festival: 5pm: God’s Traitors introduced by William Dalrymple.


20 January – TV: Contributor to ‘Hidden Killers of the Tudor Home’, BBC FOUR, 9pm




11 December – PRIZE: God’s Traitors shortlisted for the Longman-History Today Book Prize click here for more info

30 December – PUBLICATION of Audiobook of God’s Traitors – click here for info



5 November – ARTICLE for Vintage Blog: ‘Gunpowder Women’ – click here to read


30 October – London Fortean Society, Talk on Elizabethan exorcism at the Dirty Dicks, Bishopsgate, 8pm. click here for more info

 29 October – Oxford University History Society, Harris Lecture Theatre, Oriel College, 8.30pm

17 October – BBC History Magazine Weekend, Malmesbury: 1pm click here for an interview and here to listen to the talk.

16 October – Whitley Hall, Sheffield: 6.30pm: AWT Talk on Mary, Queen of Scots and the English Catholics click here for more info

2 October – Warwick Books Meet the Author event: 10.30am, Lord Leycester’s Hospital click here for more info

1 October – Talk at Stowe School, Buckingham


21 September – RADIO: interview on Talking History, Newstalk Ireland, 8 pm. click here to listen again

18 September – After-dinner talk at Baddesley Clinton, Warwickshire

13 September – Chiswick Book Festival: 11am, Tabard Theatre.  click here for more info

11 September – RADIO: Front Row, BBC Radio 4: Reviewing ‘The Real Tudors’, at the National Portrait Gallery, London. click here to listen again

2 September – PRIZE: God’s Traitors longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction – click here for Jessie’s Q&A

1 SeptemberUS Publication of God’s Traitors by Oxford University Press USA click here for more info


REVIEW: ‘The Hollow Crown’ by Dan Jones for the Telegraph


19 & 20 July – English Heritage History Live, Kelmarsh Hall, BBC History Lecture Tent click here for more info

God’s Traitors selected as one of the Best Summer Reads in the Times, Sunday TimesFinancial TimesDaily Telegraph and Mail on Sunday.


 18 June – Chatsworth and Whitley Hall: Talk on Mary, Queen of Scots and the English Catholics click here for more info

12 June – Althorp Literary Festival: 3.30pm click here for more info


28 May – Hay Festival: 2.30pm, The Telegraph Stage, Event 250 click here to listen

ARTICLE: BBC History Magazine cover story on Elizabeth I and her Catholic subjects

REVIEW: ‘Shakespeare and the Countess’ by Chris Laoutaris for the Telegraph


26 April – Kempsford Literary Weekend: 5.30pm click here for more info

ARTICLEHistory Today: ‘Beware the Foul Fiend’ and podcast

INTERVIEW: Tudors Q&A for History Revealed Magazine

4 April – ARTICLE for The Catholic Herald: ‘The woman who kept Catholicism alive’ – click here to read

2 April – INTERVIEW: by Beth von Staats for QAB click here to read


Week of 24 March – RADIO: interviews on Moncrieff, Newstalk Ireland, and Bookbound, Dublin City FM

20 March – Bestseller in London’s Evening Standard

14 March – ARTICLE: for The Catholic Herald: ‘Busting the myth of Elizabethan tolerance’   

12March – Launch party of God’s Traitors at Sotheran’s, Piccadilly

photo-74 Sotherans launch

10 March – INTERVIEW: 20 Questions from Natalie Grueninger click here to read

6 March – UK Publication of God’s Traitors by Bodley Head