Sarah Bradford

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Sarah Bradford, Viscountess Bangor (b. 3 Sept 1938)[1] is an English author, best known for her royal biographies.

Early life and education[edit]

Sarah Bradford was born Sarah Hayes in Bournemouth in 1938.[2] She was educated at St. Mary's Convent, Shaftesbury, Dorset. She won a State scholarship to Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford.

Family, early career[edit]

She met Anthony Bradford, a real estate developer, at Oxford, and abandoned her degree to marry him.[2] The couple lived in Barbados, Portugal, and Sardinia; they had two children, but divorced. Sarah Bradford then worked for the manuscript department of the auctioneer Christie's in London, where she met her second husband, William Maxwell David Ward; the two married in 1976.

Historian, screenwriter[edit]

She began her career as a writer with her first book The Englishman's Wine, written while she lived in Portugal. She has now published more than a dozen major works. Her husband became 8th Viscount Bangor in 1993.[2] She is fluent in four languages and has traveled extensively. The couple reside in London. Sarah Bradford has assisted with the screenwriting for The Borgias (2011 TV series). She is working on a major new biography of Queen Victoria.[2]

Major works[edit]

One or more of her books have been translated into each of the following languages: French, Dutch, Italian, Russian, Czech, German, Turkish, Spanish, Finnish, and Japanese.[3]


  • Cesare Borgia (1976)
  • The Borgias (with John Prebble) (1981)
  • Disraeli (1982)
  • Princess Grace (1984)
  • George VI, published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1989, ISBN 0-297-79667-4
  • The Reluctant King (American version of George VI)
  • Splendours and Miseries: A Life of Sacheverell Sitwell (1993)
  • Elizabeth: A Biography of Her Majesty the Queen (1996) According to WorldCat, the book is in over 1760 libraries.[3]
  • America's Queen: The Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (2000) According to WorldCat, the book is in over 1650 libraries.[4]
  • Lucrezia Borgia: Life, Love and Death in Renaissance Italy, published by Viking, 2004, ISBN 0-670-03353-7
  • Diana, published by Penguin Group, London, 2006, ISBN 978-0-670-91678-8. According to WorldCat, the book is in over 890 libraries.[5]
  • Queen Elizabeth II: Her Life in Our Times, published by Penguin, London, 2011, ISBN 978-0-670-01011-6

Other books[edit]

  • The Englishman's Wine: The Story of Port (1969)
  • Portugal and Madeira (1969)
  • Portugal (1973)


  1. ^ "Birthdays". The Guardian (Guardian News & Media). 3 Sep 2014. p. 41. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Sarah Bradford: perhaps I got it wrong about the Duke of Edinburgh, but he does like to flirt". Telegraph. 2011-12-03. Retrieved 2012-09-02. 
  3. ^ a b WorldCat book page WorldCat author page
  4. ^ "WorldCat book page". 2011-04-11. Retrieved 2012-09-02. 
  5. ^ WorldCat book page

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