In Loving Memory of Derek Wilson


We are so very saddened to hear of the death of historian and author Derek Wilson on 5th February 2024 at the age of 88.

After studying at Peterhouse, Cambridge, Derek worked as a history teacher, historian and broadcaster in Kenya for several years. He was awarded the Archbishop Cranmer Prize at Cambridge in 1968, for his postgraduate work “John Lascelles and Anne Ayscough: A Study in the Spread of Protestantism among the Gentry of Court and County”.

Derek’s career as a historian and author saw him publishing over 50 books, both non-fiction and historical fiction. He was a leading historian of the Tudor period, including books on the Reformation, Henry VIII, the Dudleys, Sir Francis Walsingham, Robert Dudley, and Holbein. He also wrote the Thomas Treviot trilogy of historical thrillers under the name D K Wilson.

Derek Wilson at MadeGlobal

With MadeGlobal, Derek kindly published his book “The Devil’s Chalice” which is a thrilling continuation of his Thomas Treviot books. Derek also regularly contributed to The Tudor Society as both an author and a historian.

Derek will be sadly missed by us and by the wider history community.

One Reply to “In Loving Memory of Derek Wilson”

  1. This is such sad news and my thoughts and prayers are with the family. I am so glad we had Derek and his wonderful work over the years. ‘In the Lion’s Court’ is permanently on my desk, as a reference, as it is such a wonderful book. Thank you, Derek, for all your fabulous work – we will miss you.

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