Thanks for visiting this website! I'm a historian specialising in Renaissance and early modern Europe and work at Swansea University, UK, where I'm Associate Professor in History and Heritage.

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My book Our Man in Rome, about Henry VIII’s last ambassador to the papal court, Gregorio Casali, tells the inside story of Henry's divorce from Catherine of Aragon from the ambassador's point of view. The paperback edition was retitled The Divorce of Henry VIII... go to the Our Man in Rome page to read more.

My new book project centres on the bloody rise to power of papal nephew Alessandro de' Medici: you can read all about it as the project progresses over on the Project Alex blog.

I was a historical adviser on the TV adaptation of Hilary Mantel's books Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, broadcast on BBC2 in 2015. My work's been featured in the Sunday Telegraph, the Daily Mail, and BBC History Extra. I've written articles reflecting on the series for The Conversation and History Matters and been interviewed at

You can follow me on Twitter @cath_fletcher and read my blog posts at History Matters.

Listen to me talking about Our Man in Rome:

For more information about my academic research project Our Men in Rome: Ambassadors and Agents at the Papal Court, 1450-1530 click here. The book from this project, Diplomacy in Renaissance Rome will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2015.