George Goodwin

Author-in-Residence, Benjamin Franklin House, London

George Goodwin - Author-in-Residence, Benjamin Franklin House

George Goodwin is the author of Benjamin Franklin in London: The British Life of America’s Founding Father.

George Goodwin is a History Honours Graduate of Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he was awarded a Foundation Exhibition. George is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Society of Arts and  the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

George is Author in Residence at Benjamin Franklin House in London, the only one of Dr Franklin’s many homes on both sides of the Atlantic that still survives today: it is now a Museum and education centre.     

Benjamin Franklin in London was researched with the assistance of Benjamin Franklin House and of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, where George was a 2014 Peter Nicolaisen International Fellow. 

George is the author of Fatal Colours – Towton 1461: England’s Most Brutal Battle, on the tragic reign of Henry VI and the First War of the Roses. It was published to coincide with the 550th anniversary of the battle in 2011 and, in 2013, George was a historical consultant to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre for their battlefield productions of the three Henry VI plays.

His third book is Fatal Rivalry: Henry VIII, James IV and the Battle for Renaissance Britain – Flodden 1513.   

George is a regular media contributor on British and transatlantic history. He is a Member of the National Trust, the Towton Battlefield Society and the Battlefields Trust. He lives a stone’s throw from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.