Helen Matthews is the co-author, with her husband Neil, of Bradt’s The Chilterns & The Thames Valley (Slow Travel) and Heritage Weekends: 52 Breaks Exploring Britain’s Past, and updater of the second edition of Freedom Pass London. Their travel writing has also appeared in Wanderlust and other publications. They live in the Chilterns, on Greater London’s northwestern edge. Helen spent 25 years as an administrator and manager for a London university; she is the Chair of a local conservation charity, and a member of the Chiltern Society’s Heritage Group and Save our Pubs Group. Pen & Sword published Helen’s The Legitimacy of Bastards: the Place of Illegitimate Children in Later Medieval England (2019), which was based on her PhD.