My academic background is the classical world, Latin and Ancient Greek languages and the Graeco-Roman civilisation. As an undergraduate I studied at Oxford and won a first class degree. After that I took a job as an equity analyst in the financial world.
I became a successful, ranked analyst in different areas. The job paid the bills and kept my eyes trained on the modern world. One of the side-effects of living in a perpetual now - that is pretty much what happens in financial markets - was to make me dwell on history.
I lived in Tokyo, then alternating with spells in London for three years in Madrid and two in Vienna. My Spanish and German were polished by living among the locals (sadly I picked up little Japanese). As the grandson of a Frenchwoman I am happy in French. I returned to London - my place of birth - and live there now. In our megacity we are lucky to have two of the great libraries of the world, the British Library and the London Library, and easy access to continental archives.
When I stopped working in finance I concentrated on two projects: first research into historical narrative, and second – or at the same time – art as a practice. The first led to the publication of 'Henrietta Maria' and other research, the second to a constant activity as a painter and draftsman. In the page drawing on the past I have put some doodles - or projections.
I am currently researching the French court of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, also Medici Florence. I publish online including a blog in this site. There are many wonderful books for the wider reading public on the Tudors and on England of the early modern period, but little on continental Europe, and even on Scotland and Ireland.
I think people are interested to know more, so I work on the frontiers of early modern England, and on the world and connections that emerge.