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Dr Piers Brendon 

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Piers Brendon is a former Keeper of the Churchill Archives Centre and an emeritus Fellow of the College. He read history at Cambridge and took a PhD on the subject of “Hurrell Froude and the Oxford Movement”. This was published in 1974 and since then he has written over a dozen further books. Among them are biographies of Churchill and Eisenhower, general histories of the 1930s and of the British Empire, studies of organisations such as Thomas Cook and the Royal Automobile Club, and collections of essays about eminent Edwardians and (modern) Elizabethans. His latest book is a brief biography of Edward VIII in the Penguin Monarchs series. Brendon has written widely for the British and American press. He has done much work for television, in front of the camera and behind it, notably on such documentaries as The Churchills and The Windsors, which was nominated for a Royal Television Society Award. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

College Positions

Keeper of the Churchill Archives Centre

01 October 1995 – 30 September 2001

Teaching Fellow

01 October 1995 – 30 September 2001