Claudia Gold writes historical non-fiction. Her first book, Women Who Ruled, tells the stories of fifty of the world's most famous - and often notorious - women rulers. Her second book, The King's Mistress, is a biography of the extraordinary woman who became England's first Georgian queen in all but name. Her latest book is a biography of the Henry II, King of England and lord of much of modern day France. Claudia has also researched and written for a number of TV documentaries. She has a Masters degree in medieval history.
`Gold ... sees the best way to tell the story of Henry II's reign is through the people ... (she) approaches his life in five pseudo-Shakespearean acts ... An effective structure allowing her colourful and sharply observed history of a tricky reign to take shape ... an enjoyable account of England's first Plantagenet king' Sunday Times
`Good readable history ... Gold's narrative is pacey ... the asides that pepper Gold's narrative are what make it, unusually for medieval history, riotously entertaining ... `King of the North Wind' is a work that claims to be 'written as historical tragedy', but it's much more fun than that' The Times