Anne Somerset

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Anne Somerset (born January 21, 1955 in Gloucestershire ) is a British historian and writer .


Anne Somerset is the second oldest child of David Robert Somerset, 11th Duke of Beaufort, and his first wife. She grew up with three brothers. She studied history at King's College London . She then worked as a typist and fact checker for the historian Hugh Thomas , and later for the historian Antonia Fraser .

In 1980 she published her first book, The Life and Times of William IV . Her fourth book, Unnatural Murder: Poison at the Court of James I , was nominated for the 1997 CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction by the Crime Writers' Association . For her work Queen Anne: The Politics of Passion , published in 2012 , she received the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography of the Society of Authors in 2013 .

Sommerset was married to the artist Matthew Carr for 23 years, until his death in 2011 . She now lives in London with her daughter.


  • The Life and Times of William IV (1980)
  • Ladies-in-Waiting: From the Tudors to the Present Day (1984)
  • Elizabeth I (1991)
  • Unnatural Murder: Poison at the Court of James I (1997)
  • The Affair of the Poisons
  • Queen Anne: The Politics of Passion (2012)

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  1. a b Anne Somerset wins The Elizabeth Longford Prize 2013 ( Memento of the original from May 10, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , April 26, 2013, website of the Society of Authors @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. a b c d The Lady loves a scandal , September 14, 2003, interview with the Mail on Sunday
  3. ^ A b "Matthew kicked Heroin and made some of his best art before he died," November 29, 2011, interview with the London Evening Standard