Guy de la Bédoyère
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Guy Martyn Thorold Huchet de la Bédoyère (born 1957) is a British historian, who has published widely on Roman Britain and other subjects, and has appeared regularly on the Channel 4 archaeological television series, Time Team. In 1999 he presented a three-part series called The Romans in Britain for BBC2, produced by the Open University. In 2002 he presented "Rebuilding The Past" which was broadcast on the Discovery Channel in 2003 and narrated by Terry Jones. The programme detailed the building of a Roman villa for the first time in 1600 years in Britain at Butser Ancient Farm. He quit the show before the completion of the project because of a number of issues with the build. He has also taken part in a number of other television programmes including a live archaeology programme from Egypt in 2004 and a live programme from Pompeii in 2006 for Channel 5, a 2006 series on genealogy My Famous Family which he co-presented with Bill Oddie for UKTV History, and occasional appearances on Richard & Judy.
Family background 
Despite his French surname, de la Bédoyère's father's ancestry is mostly English, Anglo-Irish and Scottish, with a large part belonging to the ancient Lincolnshire family of Thorold baronets as well as the dukes of Manchester and the earls of Salisbury. His great-great-grandfather was Anthony Wilson Thorold, Bishop of Winchester. One of his male-line ancestors was the cousin of Charles de la Bédoyère, Napoleon's aide-de-camp at Waterloo in 1815. His grandfather, Michael de la Bédoyère, was the editor of the Catholic Herald for approximately 30 years. He is a second cousin of Richard Gough, the former captain of Glasgow Rangers and Scotland.
Guy de la Bédoyère was born in Wimbledon in November 1957, the eldest of five children. He was educated at King's College School, Wimbledon and Wimbledon College. He took an archaeology and history degree at Collingwood College, Durham in 1980, part of Durham University, with a subsidiary paper in Egyptology, a degree in modern history at the University of London in 1985, and an MA in Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, now part of University College London, in 1987. From 1981 to 1998 he worked for most of the time as a sound engineer for BBC Radio News at Bush House and Broadcasting House in London. In 1998 he became a full-time freelance writer and broadcaster.
His special interests, apart from the Roman Empire and Roman Britain, include coinage (ancient and modern) and the writings of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn. He is a Fellow of the Royal Numismatic Society, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, and a Fellow of the Historical Association. In 1997 he discovered that the rebel Romano-British emperor called Carausius (AD 286–293) had placed explicit reference to lines from poetry by the poet Virgil on his coins, considered a major discovery in the history of the period.
In 2007 de la Bédoyère gave up full-time freelance work as a writer and broadcaster, and now teaches at Kesteven and Sleaford High School in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, specializing in teaching Modern History and Classical Civilisation.
He is married to Rosemary de la Bédoyère, who is also a history teacher at Kesteven and Sleaford High School. They have four sons - Hugh, Thomas, Robert and William. Until recently Hugh was the manager and in-house producer of the Canal Cafe Theatre, home of Newsrevue, the Guinness world record holder for longest running live sketch comedy.
De la Bédoyère has published books on a diverse range of subjects. These include:
- a number of publications on Roman history for English Heritage;
- a book on the archaeology of aviation of the Second World War (for which he took a private pilot's licence at Biggin Hill);
- an edition of the correspondence between the diarists Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn;
- an edition of Samuel Pepys's other letters;
- The Home Front,
- The History of Computers,
- The First Polio Vaccine, and
- The Discovery of Penicillin in a series of educational science history books
He occasionally contributes to magazines, usually those concerned with history, archaeology or heritage.
- Particular Friends. The Correspondence of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn, Boydell (2nd edition 2005). ISBN 1-84383-134-1.
- The Diary of John Evelyn, Boydell, Woodbridge, 1995. ISBN 0-85115-639-8
- The Letters of Samuel Pepys, Boydell, Woodbridge, 2006. ISBN 1-84383-197-X.
- The Finds of Roman Britain, Batsford, London 1988. ISBN 0-7134-6082-2.
- The Buildings of Roman Britain, Batsford, London 1991, now reprinted by Tempus, Stroud, 2001 as a revised second edition. ISBN 0-7524-1906-4.
- A Companion to Roman Britain, Tempus, Stroud, 1999. ISBN 0-7524-1457-7.
- Eagles over Britannia. The Roman Army in Britain, Tempus, Stroud, 2001. ISBN 0-7524-1923-4.
- Roman Towns in Britain, Tempus, 2003. ISBN 0-7524-2919-1.
- Architecture in Roman Britain, Shire Archaeology no. 66, 2002. ISBN 0-7478-0353-6.
- Roman Britain. A New History, Thames & Hudson, 2006. ISBN 0-500-05140-2.
- Cities of Roman Italy, Bristol Classical Press, 2010. ISBN 978-1-85399-728-0.