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Christopher Hibbert, MC, FRSL, FRGSmarker (5 March 1924 - 21 December 2008) was an Englishmarker writer, historian and biographer. He has been called "a pearl of biographers" (New Statesman), was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the author of many highly acclaimed books, including Disraeli, Edward VII, George VI, The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici, and Cavaliers and Roundheads.


Born Arthur Raymond Hibbert in Enderby, Leicestershiremarker to Canon H. V. Hibbert (d. 1980), Christopher Hibbert was educated at Radley Collegemarker, before going up to Oriel Collegemarker at the University of Oxfordmarker (MA). He left Oriel College to join the Army, where a sneering sergeant major called him Christopher Robin. The “Christopher” stuck. He served as an infantry officer in the London Irish Rifles regiment in Italymarker during World War II, reaching the rank of captain. He was wounded twice and awarded the Military Cross in 1945.

From 1945 to 1959 he was a partner in a firm of land agents and auctioneers, and commenced his writing career in 1959.

He was awarded the Heinemann Award for Literature in 1962, and the McColvin Medal in 1989.

Christopher Hibbert was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Geographical Societymarker, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Literature by the University of Leicestermarker.

Hibbert was a member of the Army and Navy Clubmarker and the Garrick Club. He lived at Henley-on-Thamesmarker, Oxfordshire. He was married with three children, including music journalist Tom Hibbert.

He died in Henley-on-Thamesmarker from bronchial pneumonia at the age of 84.




  • Crookes, John; Green, Alison; & Smith, Sarah, (editors), Debrett's People of Today, 14th Annual edition, London, 2001, p.906. ISBN 1-870-520-64-5
  • The New York Times obituary, January 6, 2009

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