Michael Jones gained a PhD in military history at Bristol University and subsequently taught at the University of South-West England, the University of Glasgow and Winchester College. He works freelance as a writer, presenter and battlefield tour guide. His first book, The King’s Mother, was shortlisted for the Whitfield Prize. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a member of the British Commission for Military History. Michael Jones’ particular interest is in battle psychology, and the role of morale and inspirational leadership in situations of military crisis. He has worked extensively with World War Two veterans, and his books draw on their powerful eye-witness testimonies, focusing on the human story behind the battles and campaigns. He is an enthusiastic and highly effective lecturer, who also works in the corporate field as a motivational speaker and trainer, bringing alive the present-day relevance of history’s greatest battles and commanders. Michael Jones was historical adviser for the recent History Channel series Warriors and Russia Today’s TV documentaries on World War Two’s Eastern Front.
With Philippa Langley he was the co-author of The King’s Grave - the official story of the discovery of Richard III published in 2013 by John Murray, now a major film tie-in The Lost King.
His After Hitler which concerns the last ten days of the Second World War in Europe was published in 2015 by John Murray to critical acclaim.
Random House UK published his 24 Hours at Agincourt the same year.
His acclaimed biography of Edward of Woodstock, The Black Prince was published by Head of Zeus in 2017.
His The Gathering Storm on the the ten days leading up the outbreak of the Second World War will be published by John Murray in 2024.