About Bettany

Bettany Hughes is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster who has devoted much of the last twenty years to the vibrant communication of the past. Her first book, Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore, was published to critical acclaim and has now been translated into ten languages. Her latest work The Hemlock Cup - Socrates, Athens and the Search For The Good Life was short-listed for the Writer's Guild Award was a notable non-fiction book of 2011 and a New York Times bestseller. Bettany is currently writing a new biography of Istanbul - the result of a decade of on-the-ground research.

Bettany has written and presented over 30 factual films and radio documentary series for the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, PBS, Discovery, The History Channel and ABC for both the British and International markets including 'Divine Women', ‘The Spartans’, ‘When The Moors Ruled in Europe’, ‘Athens: The Truth of Democracy’, ‘The Women of the Bible’, 'Alexandria: The Greatest City', 'Atlantis: The Evidence' and ‘Helen of Troy’. These have now been seen by over 150 million people worldwide.

In recognition of her 'outstanding contribution' to history and historical research Bettany has been awarded the Norton Medlicott Medal for History. Bettany is a founding patron of the educational charity 'Classics For All', was the Chair of the Orange Prize for Fiction, is a judge of the Art Fund Museum of the Year and the English Heritage Angel Awards and is advisor to The Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation. 

Bettany was a Scholar at Oxford University; she has been awarded a Doctorate by York University, an Honorary Fellowship by Cardiff University and the Historical Association. She holds a Research Fellowship at King’s College, London. 

Bettany lectures around the world and delights in sharing her passion for research, knowledge and understanding - she also loves cricket and cats. She lives in the UK and abroad with her husband and their two daughters.