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Christopher Lee

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Christopher Lee
Christopher Lee was the first Quatercentenary Fellow in Contemporary History at Emmanuel College Cambridge and Gomes Lecturer. His MA is in The History of Ideas. He is a visiting lecturer at City University and, from 2011, Associate Fellow at Chatham House. He is also a member of the editorial advisory board of the BBC History magazine. He was the historical adviser at the National Theatre’s production of Shaw’s St Joan. Lee is the Editor of the later edition of Churchill’s A History of the English-speaking Peoples. His American edition is published in New York in June 2011. His BBC Radio 4 history of Britain from Romans to death of Victoria This Sceptred Isle and his history, The British Empire were both multi-award winning series. Other books include War in Space - a history of the military use of Outer Space; 1603 – an account of the transition from Tudors to Stuarts; Nelson & Napoleon; two anthologies of cricket writing for OUP and a detective trilogy – the Bath Detective series. He is also the writer of more than 100 BBC Radio 4 plays including the long running series, Our Brave Boys that he wrote for Fiona Shaw and Peter Capaldi and, the award winning, Trial of Walter Raleigh for Martin Jarvis and Michael York plus his 2009 production of A Pattern in Shrouds, about the assassination of Lord Mountbatten. His next book The Making of the British is to be published by Constable in September 2011. Lee is a former BBC Royal Correspondent. He is advising BBC Radio 4 on the constitutional and historic aspects of the wedding of Prince William Catherine Middleton and will be part of the R4 commentary team.


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Articles From Christopher Lee
Tuesday Nov 8, 2011 10:00 PM ET
I certainly don't begrudge the Cambridges their "des res" in Kensington Gardens. What makes me uneasy, is the fact that a lot of the others get a pretty good deal as well.
Saturday Oct 8, 2011 46:53 AM ET
He might not get his wish, especially after his last tour of duty, but if Prince Harry had his way, he'd be back in Afghanistan doing what he loves... and it's not partying.
Tuesday Sep 27, 2011 25:00 PM ET
Prince William may not be quite so ready to give up his military career in trade of that as a dutiful royal. Will Kate be happy with this change in plans?
Thursday Apr 28, 2011 00:00 PM ET
LONDON - The Wedding Day has something long missing from this nation's capital: magic.The austere grimaces of politicians and economists are forgotten. The crowd camped along the route from the Palace to the Abbey believe anything is possible. They wish...
Tuesday Apr 26, 2011 10:00 PM ET
While the world fixates on the upcoming nuptials between Prince William and Kate Middleton, there is also heightened interest in all things British. As a service to you, the sophisticated and intellectually curious reader, we have put together a crash...
Saturday Apr 23, 2011 25:43 PM ET
King Athelstan. The Anglo-Saxon period. Until 10th century, the British Isles were mini-kingdoms and tribes. Athelstan was first king to get the allegiance of most of the people, so king of the English - but not the whole territory (See...
Friday Apr 22, 2011 48:25 AM ET
Stag Nights... is that a very royal thing to do? The Greeks (the ancient ones) started it, though not the bacchanalian bingeing part (that's Roman). The 50BC Greek stag night was a banquet of celebration to toast the bridegroom's good...

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