Professor Starkey graduated from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, of which he is still a fellow. From 1972 to 1998 he taught history at the London School of Economics. During this period, he embarked on his career as a broadcaster, which soon won him a reputation for abrasiveness. One newspaper called him "the rudest man in Britain". In the televised Trial of Richard III, he accused the defence counsel of havine a "small lawyer's mind". His television series on Elizabeth I of England, the six wives of Henry VIII and on the lesser-known Tudor monarchs have made him a familiar face, and he also makes regular radio broadcasts and contributes to many magazines and newspapers.