Gemma Hollman is the author of Royal Witches. Her love of history began when she was a child, where she lapped up the Horrible Histories books and asked endless questions at school (probably to the frustration of her teachers). She later became intrigued as to how understudied the history of women was and, through her time at university, began to learn about a plethora of strong, intriguing and complicated women from the medieval period, a time she had always learnt was dominated by men. Out of this interest grew Royal Witches, which began as Hollman's dissertation for her master's degree in Medieval History. She also writes and curates the 'Just History Posts' blog, where she shares snippets of history with the public in short, readable posts, whilst working full time in the heritage industry.