Josephine Ross was educated at Wycombe Abbey School and London University, where she read English. On graduating, she worked for Vogue magazine. Her first book was Suitors to the Queen (now called The Men Who Would be King). Since then, she has written television drama scripts and a number of histories and biographies, including The Winter Queen and The Tudors, as well as compiling and editing several illustrated books for Vogue. Her most recent publication is Jane Austen: A Companion. She is married to the historian James Chambers, and lives in London.