Dr Sophie Ambler
I enjoyed everything about this tour, but above all I think what made it special was Sophie's enthusiasm and passion, and the cleverly planned itinerary around which she was able to weave neatly together the stories of the main characters.
Dr Sophie Thérèse Ambler is a historian of the Middle Ages. Her research ranges widely across medieval Christendom, taking in the history of the Church, politics and society, through the prism of ideas and culture. She is a leading expert on the Montforts, the dynasty of crusaders and revolutionaries who – from the Languedoc to England, Italy, and the Holy Land – shaped the course of history in the central Middle Ages. She is currently writing two books for Macmillan, the first on Simon de Montfort, earl of Leicester, and the second on the medieval soldier.
Sophie has appeared on radio and TV for BBC and Channel 4, and written for BBC History Magazine and the The Historian. She has published articles in several prestigious journals, and her first book was published by Oxford University Press early in 2017. She has taught courses on the Crusades and British Medieval History at King’s College, London and the University of East Anglia.