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Sarah Bradford

Sarah Bradford

English historian, writer
Sarah Bradford
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Intro English historian, writer
Is Historian
From United Kingdom
Type Social science
Gender female
Birth 3 September 1938
Age: 81 years
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Sarah Bradford, Viscountess Bangor (born 3 September 1938) is an English author, best known for her royal biographies.

Early life and education

Sarah Bradford was born Sarah Hayes in Bournemouth in 1938. She was educated at St. Mary's Convent, Shaftesbury, Dorset. She won a State scholarship to Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford, but met Anthony Bradford, a real estate developer, at Oxford, and abandoned her degree to marry him. The couple lived in Barbados, Portugal, and Sardinia; they had two children, but divorced.

Sarah Bradford then worked for the manuscript department of the auctioneer Christie's in London, where she met her second husband, William Maxwell David Ward; the two married in 1976.

Writing career

She began her career as a writer with her first book The Englishman's Wine, written while she lived in Portugal. She has now published more than a dozen major works. Her husband became 8th Viscount Bangor in 1993. She is fluent in four languages and has travelled extensively. The couple live in London. Bradford assisted with the screenwriting for The Borgias (2011 TV series). In 2012, she was working on a biography of Queen Victoria.

Her books have been translated into at least ten languages.


  • Cesare Borgia (1976)
  • The Borgias (with John Prebble) (1981)
  • Disraeli (1982)
  • Princess Grace (1984)
  • George VI, published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1989, ISBN 0-297-79667-4
  • The Reluctant King (American version of George VI)
  • Splendours and Miseries: A Life of Sacheverell Sitwell (1993)
  • Elizabeth: A Biography of Her Majesty the Queen (1996) According to WorldCat, the book is in over 1760 libraries.
  • America's Queen: The Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (2000) According to WorldCat, the book is in over 1650 libraries.
  • Lucrezia Borgia: Life, Love and Death in Renaissance Italy, published by Viking, 2004, ISBN 0-670-03353-7
  • Diana, published by Penguin Group, London, 2006, ISBN 978-0-670-91678-8. According to WorldCat, the book is in over 890 libraries.
  • Queen Elizabeth II: Her Life in Our Times, published by Penguin, London, 2011, ISBN 978-0-670-91911-6

Other books

  • The Englishman's Wine: The Story of Port (1969)
  • Portugal and Madeira (1969)
  • Portugal (1973)
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