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Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee Christopher Lee was the first Quatercentenary Fellow in Contemporary History at Emmanuel College Cambridge and Gomes Lecturer. He is now researching the history of ideas at the University of London.

Christopher Lee is the originator and writer of the BBC Radio 4 This Sceptred Isle history trilogy, from the Romans to the death of Victoria, the 20th Century and now The Empire.

His recent books include the three accompanying volumes of This Sceptre Isle, in 2003 was published 1603 – the history of the death of Elizabeth the First and the arrival of the Stuarts, in 2005, Nelson & Napoleon – the events that led to Trafalgar, the autobiographic Eight Bells & Top Masts and the Bath Detective thriller trilogy.

He is currently writing an authorized biography of Lord Carrington. In 2006, he will be giving a Platform on history writing and teaching at the National Theatre as a prelude to Alan Bennett’s The History Boys and a new stage play set in 1912 London.

He is also the writer of more than 70 Radio 4 plays and series including, The House for Timothy West, Julian Glover and Isla Blair, Colvil & Soames for Dudley Sutton & Christopher Benjamin, Our Brave Boys for Martin Jarvis & Fiona Shaw (the fifth series starts 21 November 2005) and the Los Angeles production of his The Trial of Walter Ralegh which Rosalind Ayres produced with Michael York in the title role.

When not in London, Christopher Lee is either at his house in Sissinghurst or sailing his classic sloop, Fly of Beaulieu.

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