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Christopher Hibbert (1924–2008)

Author of The House of Medici: Its Rise and Fall

85+ Works 12,299 Members 152 Reviews 17 Favorited

About the Author

Christopher Hibbert: March 5, 1924 -- December 21, 2008 Historian Christopher Hibbert was born as Arthur Raymond Hibbert in Enderby, England in 1924. He dropped out of Oriel College to join the Army. He served with the London Irish Rifles and won the Military Cross. He earned a degree in history in show more 1948. Before becoming a full-time nonfiction writer, he worked as a real estate agent and a television critic for Truth magazine. He wrote more than 60 books throughout his lifetime including The Road to Tyburn (1957), Il Duce: The Life of Benito Mussolini(1962), George IV: Prince of Wales, 1762-1811 (1972), and George IV: Regent and King, 1812-1830 (1973). Hibbert was awarded the Heinemann Award for Literature in 1962 for The Destruction of Lord Raglan. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Geographical Society, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Literature by the University of Leicester. He died from bronchial pneumonia on December 21, 2008 at the age of 84. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Image credit: Christopher Hibbert circa 1974


Works by Christopher Hibbert

Victoria: A Biography (2000) 392 copies
Tower of London (1971) 389 copies
The London Encyclopedia (1983) — Editor — 382 copies
Cities and Civilisations (1987) 375 copies
The Great Mutiny (1978) 323 copies
The Story of England (1961) 314 copies
Nelson: A Personal History (1994) 251 copies
Versailles (1971) 178 copies
London characters and crooks (1995) — Editor — 177 copies
Agincourt (1964) 175 copies
The Recollections of Rifleman Harris (1848) — Editor — 99 copies
Queen Victoria in Her Letters and Journals (1984) — Editor — 99 copies
The Search for King Arthur (1562) 93 copies
The Grand Tour (1600) 89 copies
Waterloo (1774) 84 copies
Twilight of Princes (1970) 72 copies
The Emperors of China (1920) 71 copies
The Court at Windsor (1964) 66 copies
Anzio the Bid for Rome (1970) 65 copies
Corunna (Great Battles) (1884) 65 copies
Mussolini (1963) 63 copies
Arnhem (Great Battles) (1962) 58 copies
Greville's England (1981) — Editor — 51 copies
The Pen and the Sword (1974) 45 copies
Chateaux of the Loire (1982) 42 copies
The Road to Tyburn (1957) 38 copies
The Encyclopaedia of Oxford (1988) 35 copies
The Popes (1982) 35 copies
Life in Victorian England (2016) 35 copies
King Arthur (1969) 33 copies
London's Churches (1988) 26 copies
Disraeli and His World (1978) 21 copies
Edward: The Uncrowned King (1972) 20 copies
A Guide to Royal London (1987) 16 copies
Highwaymen (1967) 9 copies

Associated Works

A Tale of Two Cities (1859) — Introduction, some editions — 35,745 copies
The Life of Samuel Johnson; Abridged (1952) — Editor, some editions — 461 copies
Travels through France and Italy (1766) — Introduction, some editions — 195 copies
Captain Gronow: His Reminiscences of Regency and Victorian Life, 1810-60 (1880) — Editor, some editions — 18 copies
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Summer 1993 (1993) — Author "Marston Moor" and "Marston Moor Today" — 14 copies


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Exactly what the title says. It is a biography of Florence from 59BC to 1992. It touches on most of the high points and gives a decent overview of the growth and power holders of the city. Florence is beautiful and this is a good beginner history of the city.
everettroberts | 5 other reviews | Oct 20, 2023 |
Kinda boring, and more than a little confusing due to the re-use of several names (5 Lorenzos and 5 Giovanis!). Including a family tree would have been a smart move.
blueskygreentrees | 24 other reviews | Jul 30, 2023 |
34. [144758::Florence: The Biography of a City] by [[Christopher Hibbert]]
OPD: 1993
format: illustrated 383-page paperback
acquired: 2000 (in Florence?) read: May 22-29 time reading: 18:45, 3.0 mpp
rating: 3
genre/style: popular history theme: Italy
about the author: 1924-2008, English popular historian and WWII veteran, born in Enderby, Leicestershire.

So, we bought this Florence, on our honeymoon. 22.5 years later I finally have read it (shortly before we return). It's... ok. Very 1990's in style and mindset. A little tough to read, a little fact heavy and dry. The notes are designed to help guide you through places, but this book is physically gigantic and really impractical to carry around for that. So, the notes are merely hard to read. But the book captures a bit of everything and the history here is fascinating. The book has its moments. It was the right book for me. Struggling to get caught up in any book, I was able to press on through this and even look forward to getting back to it when I set it down.

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dchaikin | 5 other reviews | Jun 15, 2023 |
This is a well researched analysis of the first 30 or so years of Dickens's life, tracing the links between the early events in his life and his developing literary approach. Much of this is material I have seen covered in other books, but Hibbert shows how repeated patterns come up, such as strong brother-sister relationships being seen as more ideal than husband-wife ones, reflecting in particular his close and, to modern eyes, bizarre, relationship with his sister in law Mary Hogarth who died so suddenly and so tragically young; and the repeated ripples of assertions of self confidence in later life reflecting the knock back Dickens suffered after his initial schooling in Chatham when he had to work in the infamous blacking warehouse on the site of what is now Charing Cross station. Much of Dickens's life and attitudes towards his own progress and relations with others seems to demonstrate an absolute imperative to avoid the feckless attitudes and precarious economic situation of his father John Dickens whom he had continually to bale out for the reminder of the latter's life. This is fascinating stuff though I did think Hibbert perhaps went slightly too far into Dickens's middle life to suit the title.… (more)
john257hopper | 1 other review | Jun 2, 2023 |



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