Piers Brendon


Piers Brendon FRSL (born 21 December 1940) is a British historian and writer, known for historical and biographical works. He was educated at Shrewsbury School and Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he read history. He received a Ph.D. degree for his thesis, Hurrell Froude and the Oxford Movement, which was published, with much modification, in 1974.

Piers Brendon

Born (1940-12-21) 21 December 1940 (age 81)
Stratton, Cornwall, England, UK
EducationShrewsbury School
Alma materMagdalene College, Cambridge
OccupationHistorian and writer
EmployerCambridge School of Art, Churchill College, Cambridge

From 1965 to 1978, he was lecturer in history, then principal lecturer and head of department, at what is now Anglia Ruskin University. Since 1979, he has worked as a freelance writer of books, journalism and for television.

In 1995, he became a fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge and was keeper of the Churchill Archives Centre from 1995 to 2001,[1] in succession to Correlli Barnett. Brendon was himself succeeded by Allen Packwood.[2]


  • Hurrell Froude and the Oxford Movement (1974)
  • Hawker of Morwenstow - Portrait of a Victorian Eccentric (1975)
  • A Quest of the Sangraal, Cornish Ballads & Other Poems (1975; Robert Stephen Hawker, editor)
  • Eminent Edwardians (1979; ISBN 0-395-29195-X)
  • The Life and Death of the Press Barons (1983)
  • Winston Churchill: A Brief Life (1984)
  • Ike - the Life and Times of Dwight D. Eisenhower (1986)
  • Our Own Dear Queen (1986)
  • Thomas Cook - 150 Years of Popular Tourism (1991)
  • The Age of Reform 1820–1850 (1994)
  • The Motoring Century: Story of the Royal Automobile Club (1997)
  • The Dark Valley: A Panorama of the 1930s (2000; ISBN 0-375-70808-1)
  • The Windsors - A Dynasty Revealed 1917–2000, with Phillip Whitehead (2000: ISBN 0712667970. Original 1994; ISBN 978-0340610138)
  • The Decline and Fall of the British Empire. London: Jonathan Cape. 2007. ISBN 978-0-307-26829-7 – via Internet Archive.
  • Eminent Elizabethans (2013, Penguin Books, ISBN 978-0-099-53263-7)


  1. ^ "Dr Piers Brendon FRSL". Churchill College, Cambridge. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Allen Packwood". Churchill College. Retrieved 12 January 2020.

External linksEdit

  • The Papers of Piers Brendon held at Churchill Archives Centre
  • Piers Brendon at IMDb
  • Works by or about Piers Brendon at Internet Archive