Christopher Warwick

CHRISTOPHER WARWICK is a highly respected royal historian, writer and biographer, who is regularly asked to take part in television programmes, documentaries and radio programmes, relating to modern royal history from the reign of Queen Victoria to the present day. BOOKS Since he began his writing career, Christopher has to date published fourteen books. Among them, his authorized biography, Princess Margaret – A Life of Contrasts, which has been in print in several editions since first published in 2000, was released by Andre Deutsch in November 2017, as an updated, small-format hardback, that includes previously unavailable material sourced from declassified government papers, which throws an entirely new light on the princess's headline-making relationship with wartime fighter pilot, Group Captain Peter Townsend; one of the most explosively controversial royal issues of the day. Of Princess Margaret – A Life of Contrasts, distinguished writer and historian Adrian Tinniswood, OBE wrote: ‘I can’t remember the last time I read such a sensitive, insightful, provocative biography. Masterly’ Writer and historian Sarah Bradford (Viscountess Bangor) added that Christopher had produced ‘the most complete and sympathetic life of his contradictory subject yet written;’ while former BBC Royal Correspondent, Jennie Bond, wrote: ‘In this thoroughly researched and well-written book, Christopher Warwick provides a fascinating insight into Princess Margaret’s character and troubled life.’ Her Majesty. In celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of the reign of HM Queen Elizabeth II, Taschen commissioned Christopher to act as author and consultant on its profusely illustrated, large-format, tri-lingual Art Book, Her Majesty, which was published both in standard editions and in a de luxe numbered and cased collector’s edition with Union Flag fabric cover embossed with a representation of the Star of the Order of the Garter, specially designed by Vivienne Westwood. In 2020, Taschen asked Christopher to update the narrative for a new edition of the book. The Life and Death of ELLA Grand Duchess of Russia: first published in hardback by John Wiley & Sons as Ella Princess Saint & Martyr, Christopher’s best-selling biography of Queen Victoria’s remarkable granddaughter, Ella, otherwise Grand Duchess Elisabeth Feodorovna of Russia, who is today revered by the Russian Orthodox church as the Holy Imperial Martyr Saint Elisabeth Romanova, was subsequently published in paperback and e-book formats, as The Life and Death of ELLA Grand Duchess of Russia. ‘Ella’s story combined love, riches and tragedy’ wrote celebrated author and historian Matthew Dennison in his Mail on Sunday review. ‘Christopher Warwick marshals an impressive dossier of research, drawing extensively on primary sources, to bring to life the lost worlds of late 19th-Century royalty and the sumptuous last gasp of the Romanovs. It is hard to imagine a more rigorous study of a woman who, unusually in the annals of history, combined the roles of society beauty and latter-day saint.’ Among other reviews and endorsements: Hugo Vickers, historian and biographer: ‘The reader is in expert hands as Christopher Warwick tells the inspiring, partly tragic story of the Grand Duchess Elisabeth, leading from its romantic start to its terrible conclusion. Warwick has mastered the material, and guides us ... through the story, adding much that is new. The book lingers with you long after you have finished it.’ Alison Weir, celebrated best-selling author and historian: ‘... What a tour de force! Combines sparkling detail with the grim realities of the last decades of Imperial Russia. Ella lives and we live all the dramas and the tragedies with her. This is a powerful, stunning and poignant book ...’ Charlotte Zeepvat Royalty Digest: ‘The path from the summit of worldly wealth to the poverty of imprisonment, ending in brutal murder, is one few have trodden. It could hardly fail to be powerful and moving, however presented, but by ... drawing back the veil of holiness to focus afresh on the woman who enjoyed and endured all this, Christopher Warwick has given the story a new power and a subtle shift of meaning ... her story gains immensely through this retelling’ George and Marina, Duke and Duchess of KentA Times best-seller when originally published in hardback by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Christopher Warwick revised and in part re-wrote George and Marina, Duke and Duchess of Kent for release in paperback and kindle format, under the aegis of Albert Bridge Books. That year, George and Marina was also produced as an audio book by Tantor Media Inc. For the duration of their tragically curtailed eight-year marriage, Prince George, Duke of Kent and Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark were high society’s ‘Golden Couple.’ There had been nobody like them. Their story and the manner of ‘bad boy’ Prince George’s tragically early death, has lost none of its appeal, as witness the success of this revised edition. In addition to his other books, which include Queen Mary’s Photograph Albums, which was undertaken with the express permission of Her Majesty The Queen, Debrett’s Queen Elizabeth II, Two Centuries of Royal Weddings, Abdication, and The Universal Ustinov, a best-selling biography of the incomparable actor, writer, director, playwright and UNICEF goodwill ambassador, Sir Peter Ustinov, Christopher (who was the first consultant editor of Majesty magazine) was a contributing author to The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, a hardback tribute published by Majesty. As a ghostwriter, he contributed to Kensington Palace – Art, Architecture and Society, which was published by Yale University Press in association with Historic Royal Palaces.'
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