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John Julius Norwich (1929–2018)

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John Julius Norwich was born in the United Kingdom on September 15, 1929. He served in the Royal Navy before receiving a degree in French and Russian at New College, Oxford. After graduation, he joined the H. M. Foreign Service and served in Belgrade, Beirut, and as a member of British delegation vis mere to the Disarmament Conference in Geneva. In 1954, he inherited the title of Viscount Norwich. In 1964, he resigned from the Foreign Service to become a writer. He was a historian, travel writer, and television personality. His books included The Normans in the South, A History of Venice, The Italian World, Venice: A Traveller's Companion, 50 Years of Glyndebourne: An Illustrated History, A Short History of Byzantium, Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy, Sicily: An Island at the Crossroads of History, and A History of France. He and H. C. Robbins Landon wrote Five Centuries of Music in Venice. Norwich was the host of the BBC radio panel game My Word! from 1978 to 1982. He wrote and presented more than 30 television documentaries including Maestro, The Fall of Constantinople, Napoleon's Hundred Days, Cortés and Montezuma, Maximilian of Mexico, The Knights of Malta, The Treasure Houses of Britain, and The Death of the Prince Imperial in the Zulu War. In 1993, he was appointed CVO for having curated an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum to mark the 40th anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne. In 2015, he was awarded the Biographers' Club award for his lifetime service to biography. He died on June 1, 2018 at the age of 88. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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Værker af John Julius Norwich

A Short History of Byzantium (1997) 1,323 eksemplarer
A History of Venice (1977) 1,099 eksemplarer
Byzantium: The Early Centuries (1988) 954 eksemplarer
Byzantium: The Decline and Fall (1995) 795 eksemplarer
Byzantium: The Apogee (1992) 751 eksemplarer
The Great Cities in History (2009) 201 eksemplarer
Twelve Days of Christmas (1998) 184 eksemplarer
A History of France (2018) 168 eksemplarer
The Normans in the South, 1016-1130 (1967) 158 eksemplarer
The World Atlas of Architecture (1984) — Forord — 151 eksemplarer
The Kingdom in the Sun, 1130-94 (1970) 136 eksemplarer
A Taste for Travel (1985) — Redaktør — 87 eksemplarer
Love in the Ancient World (1997) 81 eksemplarer
A Traveller's Companion to Venice (1990) 61 eksemplarer
Trying to Please: A Memoir (1600) 59 eksemplarer
The Illustrated Christmas Cracker (2002) 52 eksemplarer
Britain's Heritage (1978) 48 eksemplarer
An English Christmas (2017) 34 eksemplarer
The Ultimate Christmas Cracker (2019) 24 eksemplarer
Venice: The Rise to Empire (1977) 19 eksemplarer
Chronicle: Essays from Ten Years of Television Archaeology (1978) — Bidragyder — 14 eksemplarer
England and Wales (2000) 12 eksemplarer
Mount Athos (1966) 11 eksemplarer
Sovereign (1992) 8 eksemplarer
Sahara (1968) 6 eksemplarer
History Quiz (1983) 5 eksemplarer
Fifty Years of Glyndebourne (1985) 3 eksemplarer
Vizantija 1 eksemplar

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John Julius Norwich? i History at 30,000 feet: The Big Picture (juni 2015)


I remember loving John Julius Norwich's books about Byzantium as a teenager: big, sweeping epic histories with lots of drama and adventure and some slyly funny asides. Reading The Middle Sea told me that I can never go back and re-read them because I would find them far more tarnished works than they are in my memory. Now, with many more years and training behind me, I can see how shallow are the foundations on which Norwich builds his narrative: the assumptions and generalisations (often gendered, almost always racialised), the thin bibliography, the Eurocentrism, and on and on. Norwich's prose is still pleasurable and there is something of the raconteur here that's appealing. But to the old saw about how you should never meet your heroes should perhaps be added one about never going back to re-read their work, either.… (mere)
siriaeve | 8 andre anmeldelser | Dec 12, 2023 |
I've been wanting to read a history of the papacy for a long time. Although Norwich calls himself an agnostic Protestant, he writes fairly of the popes, giving even some of the more infamous ones their due. Along the way, he enlightened me about the reasons for the Avignon Papacy and the background to the various anti-popes and rival elections of popes. He also does a pretty good brief summary of the nineteenth century unification of Italy and the various roles played by Cavour, Gariboldi and Mazzini. And there's more, such as the reputed origin of the belief that Friday the 13th is an unlucky day.… (mere)
nmele | 26 andre anmeldelser | Nov 30, 2023 |
A neat book, just what it says on the cover, a compelling, narrative story of France's history. I think this author does better work when tackling more specific topics, I really liked his history of the papacy in "Absolute Monarchs".
Autolycus21 | 4 andre anmeldelser | Oct 10, 2023 |



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