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John Julius Norwich was born in the United Kingdom on September 15, 1929. He served in the Royal Navy before receiving a degree in French and Russian at New College, Oxford. After graduation, he joined the H. M. Foreign Service and served in Belgrade, Beirut, and as a member of British delegation to the Disarmament Conference in Geneva. In 1954, he inherited the title of Viscount Norwich. In 1964, he resigned from the Foreign Service to become a writer. He was a historian, travel writer, and television personality. His books included The Normans in the South, A History of Venice, The Italian World, Venice: A Traveller's Companion, 50 Years of Glyndebourne: An Illustrated History, A Short History of Byzantium, Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy, Sicily: An Island at the Crossroads of History, and A History of France. He and H. C. Robbins Landon wrote Five Centuries of Music in Venice. Norwich was the host of the BBC radio panel game My Word! from 1978 to 1982. He wrote and presented more than 30 television documentaries including Maestro, The Fall of Constantinople, Napoleon's Hundred Days, Cortés and Montezuma, Maximilian of Mexico, The Knights of Malta, The Treasure Houses of Britain, and The Death of the Prince Imperial in the Zulu War. In 1993, he was appointed CVO for having curated an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum to mark the 40th anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne. In 2015, he was awarded the Biographers' Club award for his lifetime service to biography. He died on June 1, 2018 at the age of 88. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from A Short History of Byzantium… (more)
A Short History of Byzantium 1,296 copies, 25 reviews
A History of Venice 1,072 copies, 13 reviews
Byzantium: The Early Centuries 936 copies, 9 reviews
Byzantium: The Decline and Fall 774 copies, 4 reviews
Byzantium: The Apogee 731 copies, 5 reviews
Great Architecture of the World 309 copies, 3 reviews
The Great Cities in History 193 copies, 3 reviews
Twelve Days of Christmas 177 copies, 3 reviews
A History of France 150 copies, 4 reviews
The World Atlas of Architecture (Foreword) 145 copies
The Kingdom in the Sun, 1130-94 131 copies, 6 reviews
A Taste for Travel (Editor) 86 copies
Trying to Please: A Memoir 59 copies, 2 reviews
The Ultimate Christmas Cracker 22 copies, 1 review
Mount Athos 11 copies
Sovereign 8 copies
Sahara 6 copies
History Quiz 5 copies
The Story of My Life (Introduction, some editions) 1,013 copies, 11 reviews
Count Belisarius (Introduction, some editions) 995 copies, 15 reviews
The Week-End Book (Introduction, some editions) 209 copies, 6 reviews
The Duff Cooper diaries, 1915-1951 (Editor) 161 copies, 2 reviews
I Wish I'd Been There, Book Two: European History (Contributor) 150 copies, 4 reviews
The Burrell Collection (Introduction) 140 copies, 3 reviews
Oxtravels: Meetings with Remarkable Travel Writers (Contributor) 53 copies, 3 reviews
Founders and Followers (Contributor) 12 copies, 1 review
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