On Me


Bayeux Tapestry

Medieval history, the Norman Conquest, and the events depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry have fascinated me for over 50 years.

Medieval history, the Norman Conquest, and the events depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry have fascinated me for over 50 years.

I was educated at Kingston Grammar School, and read History at Christ’s College, Cambridge. Since then, I have been, at various times, an Army officer, writer, artist, lecturer, drama producer, careers adviser, games coach, and teacher of History, English, Latin, General Studies, and Swahili, three of them to ‘A’ Level.

The scope of my writing ranges from historical novels, ‘A’ Level text-books and popular history, to thrillers, memoirs, and humour; from children’s fiction and archive miscellanies to cartoons and light verse.

I have taught in every type of school – primary, secondary modern, comprehensive, grammar, and public. I have lectured to audiences of all ages and backgrounds, on subjects ranging from Alexander the Great and Hannibal, through medieval and early modern history, to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

I have published 14 books, including historical novels with Simon and Schuster, and am currently working on a new project about the events covered by the Bayeux Tapestry.  I work as the archivist for West Buckland School in North Devon.

Berwick Coates medieval history Bayeux Tapestry

2 thoughts on “On Me

  1. Hi
    i just wanted to say that I read your novel The Last Conquest today, and wanted to say what an amazing story it is. I have to be honest and admit I was crying in places, especially at the end of the battle. Even though I knew the outcome the characters were so well drawn I wanted both sides to win ! I’m looking forward to reading The Last Viking, just wish I had found this before Conquest.
    Kate Latheron

  2. The Last Conquest,
    Thank you so much for your portrait of the medieval world.
    An amazing fictional story around actual historical events.
    Felt so immersed . So believable.

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