Toni Mount

Location: Gravesend, Kent
About me...

I’m a an author, history teacher, a speaker and an historic interpreter, based in south-east England. I bring stories of our history alive with my books, courses and entertaining talks, based on thirty years of study. I enjoy sharing my enthusiasm for history and have academic, research and teaching qualifications. I’m an experienced speaker with many topics to interest your group – for special events I can dress in authentic period costume too.
My talks concentrate on the lives of ordinary and extraordinary people through history; my popular non-fiction history books are published by Amberley Publishing and my successful medieval murder mysteries by Made Global Publishing.
I live in Kent, but thanks to the help of my manager and technical adviser (my husband Glenn) we are happy to come to you. We bring all our own equipment and I have Public Liability Insurance.

About my talks...

My talks are Powerpoint presentations and I provide my own projector and laptop. I have my own portable sound equipment and can bring a screen, but would be happy to use yours if it’s more convenient. Each talk usually lasts up to an hour and I’m always delighted to take questions. I often also deliver longer presentations or study days including a collection of talks on a specific theme, such as Everyday Life in Medieval England or Queen Victoria’s People, or other topics to be agreed.

If you wish, I can give my talks in appropriate medieval, 16th century, Victorian or 1950’s costume for an additional fee.

I can deliver the talks as stand-alone presentations (without Powerpoint) if required.


My basic fee for a 1 hour talk is £80 plus 25p per mile for travel, up to £200 for a full day.

If you wish, I can give my talks in appropriate medieval, 16th century, Victorian or 1950’s costume for an additional fee.

My Contact Details:

01474 355676

Everyday life in medieval England is my "specialist subject"

  • Medieval Housewives* is my most popular talk, with anecdotes, recipes and shopping, we look at the lives of ordinary folk in the middle ages, including the instructions given by an elderly husband to his new young wife, plus child care, food and fashion.
  • Everyday Life in Medieval London* – how London developed after the Romans left and how people lived in our biggest medieval city
  • Medieval Medicine* – a fascinating and frightening subject and the subject of my MA.
  • Medieval Food – what did people eat before potatoes, tomatoes and chillies
  • Christmas in the Middle-ages – Christmas without turkey, roast potatoes, crackers, cards and Father Christmas
  • The Apothecary’s Tale – what was in the medieval chemist’s’ shop
  • Richard III – King of Controversy* – he reigned for little more than two years but his reputation has stretched over 500 years
  • Manuscripts, Scribes and Illuminators – writing and books, before Caxton

NB the talks marked (*) are based on my published books, so copies of these can be brought for sale

Tudor and Elizabethan Subjects

  • Henry VIII – Hero or Villain? Henry had more reasons than lust to divorce and behead, could he have been a hero, or was he just a villain?
  • Tudor & Stuart Dining
  • Tudor Medicine
  • Princess Pocahontas – this Disney Princess had a much more important role in American history – meet the real woman’

Victorian Britain

  • Mrs Beeton’s Summer Picnics (these tasty talks come with a selection of cookable recipes!)
  • Murder Most Foul – the gruesome tales of crime, punishment and Policing in Victorian Britain
  • They Dared to be Doctors* the fascinating story of the first Victorian ladies to succeed in a man’s world…
  • Votes for Women – a talk about the struggle for women’s rights and the Suffrage movement
  • Charles Darwin – his life, voyages and his ‘Origins of Species’

NB the talks marked (*) are based on my published books, so copies of these can be brought for sale

Two talks especially for Christmas

  • Mrs Beeton’s Victorian Christmas*
  • Medieval Christmas

NB the talks marked (*) are based on my published books, so copies of these can be brought for sale

Other subjects

  • Adventure in Writing* – an ‘author talk’ about my fiction writing and the background to the Seb Foxley stories
  • Food in Roman Britain
  • 17th century Men of Science the rivalry between Isaac Newton and Robert Hooke (for a longer talk add Boyle & Halley too)
  • The Apothecary’s Garden – the history of natural remedies up to modern times
  • A Guided Tour of Historic Rochester (either on foot, including refreshments if you wish, or illustrated)
  • Restoration London 1660-1785
  • Restoration Rochester (including the Dutch raids on the Medway)
  • The History of Colours (including colours in nature, art and history)
  • Edith Cavell WW1 Spy? Executed in Belgium in 1915 was she a spy or an inspiration to us all?
  • Ration-book Britain – how we lived in the 40s & 50s and how the modern housewife looked after her husband

NB the talks marked (*) are based on my published books, so copies of these can be brought for sale

What people say about my presentations......................

May 2017: The Medieval Housewife – On behalf of the Rosewood Ladies Club I would like to thank you for a fascinating talk tonight about the life of a medieval housewife.Thank you for a very thought provoking evening.

May 2017: Richard III Society Gloucester Branch Thanks for providing such a wonderful day full of information and interest. Feedback from attendees has been excellent and everyone spent a superb day enjoying the wealth of information you packed into the occasion…. an absolute “treat” – thanks for making our Study Day [Everyday Life at the time of Richard III] so special.

March 2017: Ration-Book Britain – NWKent Family History Society. Thank you so much for coming to talk to us… we would like to thank you for a very enjoyable and entertaining talk.  We appreciated you and your husband dressing in 1950’s costume… It was interesting to be reminded of the rations we were allowed during the 2WW and after, it made us appreciate how well families coped.  Some members told me of how much they enjoy reading your books, thank you for bringing them with you.

December 2016: They Dared to be Doctors – On behalf of the Goudhurst & Kilndown History Society I would like to thank you  for your most entertaining and informative talk to us last night. We all enjoyed the talk.

Toni Mount Contact Details:

01474 355676

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