Christopher Hibbert was born in Leicestershire in 1924 and educated at Radley and Oriel College, Oxford. He served as an infantry officer during the war, was twice wounded and was awarded the Military Cross in 1945. Described by Professor J. H. Plumb as 'a writer of the highest ability' and in the New Statesman as 'a pearl of biographers', he is, in the words of The Times Educational Supplement, 'perhaps the most gifted popular historian we have'.
His much acclaimed books include the following, all of them published by Penguin: The Destruction of Lord Raglan (which won the Heinemann Award for Literature in 1962); Benito Mussolini; The Court at Windsor; The Making of Charles Dickens; London: The Biography of a City; The Dragon Wakes: China and the West, 1793-1911; George IV; The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici; Edward VII: A Portrait; The Great Mutiny: India 1857; The French Revolution; The Personal History of Samuel Johnson; Africa Explored; Garibaldi and His Enemies; Rome: The Biography of a City; The Virgin Queen: The Personal History of Elizabeth I; Nelson: A Personal History and The Road to Tyburn.
Christopher Hibbert is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He is married with two sons and a daughter and lives in Henley-on-Thames.