- John Julius Norwich
Norwich is the only child of the Conservative politician and diplomat Duff Cooper and of Lady Diana Cooper, a celebrated beauty and society figure. Through his father, he is descended from
King William IVand his mistress Dorothea Jordan.
He was educated at
Upper Canada College, Toronto(as a wartime evacuee), at Eton College, and at the University of Strasbourg. He served in the Royal Navybefore taking a degree in French and Russian at New College, Oxford.
British Foreign Serviceafter Oxford, John Julius Cooper served in Yugoslaviaand Lebanon, and as a member of British delegation to the Disarmament Conference in Geneva. At his father's death in 1954, he inherited the title of Viscount Norwich, created for Duff Cooperin 1952, which made him a member of the British House of Lords.
In 1964, Norwich left the diplomatic service to become a writer. Apart from his many books (see list), he has also served as editor of series such as "Great Architecture of the World", "The Italian World", "The New Shell Guides to Great Britain", "The Oxford Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Art" and the "Duff Cooper Diaries".
Norwich has worked extensively in
radioand television. He was host of the popular BBCradio panel game " My Word!" for four years. He has written and presented some 30 television documentaries, including "The Fall of Constantinople", " Napoleon's Hundred Days", "Cortés and Montezuma", "The Antiquities of Turkey", "The Gates of Asia", " Maximilian of Mexico", " Toussaint l'Ouvertureof Haiti", "The Knights of Malta" and "The Death of the Prince Imperial in the Zulu War".
Norwich has also worked for various charitable projects. He is Chairman of the
Venice in Peril Fund, Co-Chairman of the World Monuments Fund, and a Vice-President of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies. For many years he was a member of the Executive Committee of the National Trust, and also served on the Board of the English National Opera.
Lord Norwich was appointed CVO in 1992 after acting as curator of a
Victoria and Albert Museumexhibition entitled 'Sovereign', which marked the 40th anniversary of the accession of H. M. The Queen.
Norwich married, as his first wife, Anne Frances May Clifford, daughter of the Hon. Sir
Bede Edmund Hugh Clifford; they had one daughter, Artemis Cooper, an historian, and a son, Jason Charles Duff Bede Cooper. After their divorce, Lord Norwich married, as his second wife, the Hon. Mary (Makins) Philipps, daughter of the 1st Baron Sherfield, GCB, GCMG.
Norwich is also the father of
Allegra Huston, offspring of his affair with Enrica Soma Huston, the estranged wife of the American film director John Huston.
*"The Normans in the South" and "The Kingdom in the Sun", two books on Norman Sicily, later republished as "The Normans in Sicily"
*"A History of Venice", John Julius Norwich, Publ. Allen lane (1981) ISBN 0-679-72197-5
*"The Architecture of Southern England", Macmillan, London, 1985, ISBN 978-0333-220-375
*"Byzantium: The Early Centuries", v. 1, John Julius Norwich, Publ. Viking (1988) ISBN 0-670-80251-4
*"Byzantium: The Apogee", vol. 2, John Julius Norwich, Publ. Alfred A. Knopf (1992) ISBN 0-394-53779-3
*"Byzantium: The Decline and Fall", v. 3, John Julius Norwich, Publ. Viking (1995) ISBN 0-670-82377-5
*"A Short History of Byzantium", John Julius Norwich, Publ. Alfred A Knopf (1997) ISBN 0-679-45088-2
*"Shakespeare's Kings: The Great Plays and the History of England in the Middle Ages: 1337-1485" (2000) ISBN 0-684-81434-X
*"The Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean", Doubleday (2006) ISBN 0-385-51023-3
Mount Athos" (jointly with Reresby Sitwell)
*"Venice: A Traveller's Companion"
*"A Taste for Travel"
*"Fifty Years of
*"The Twelve Days of Christmas", a work of humour
*"Trying to Please" (autobiography), Dovecote Press (2008)
* "Old Times": Leaders & Legends: John Julius Norwich; Winter/Spring, 2008
* [http://www.penguin.co.uk/nf/Author/AuthorPage/0,,0_1000023791,00.html Penguin books] short biography
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