Alan Palmer

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Alan Warwick Palmer (1926 – 25 March 2022) was a British author of historical and biographical books.


Palmer was educated at Bancroft's School, Woodford Green, London, and Oriel College, Oxford. He spent 19 years as senior history teacher at Highgate School before becoming a full-time writer and researcher.[1] His late wife, Veronica Palmer collaborated on several of his books.

Personal life[edit]

Palmer died on 25 March 2022, at the age of 95.[2]

Honours and awards[edit]

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1980.[3]



  • Twilight of the Habsburgs: The Life and Times of Emperor Francis Joseph (1997). ISBN 978-0-87113-665-7.
  • A Brief History of Napoleon in Russia
  • Kings and Queens of England
  • Napoleon & Marie Louise: the Emperor's second wife
  • Bernadotte: Napoleon's Marshal, Sweden's King
  • The Life and Times of George IV
  • Metternich (1972)
  • (in German) Metternich. Der Staatsmann Europas (1977; 1986). ISBN 978-3-546-47346-0.
  • Alexander I: Tsar of war and peace
  • The Kaiser: Warlord of the Second Reich (1978). ISBN 978-0-297-77393-1.
  • Bismarck
  • Kemal Atatürk (Makers of the 20th Century)
  • Princes of Wales
  • The Royal House of Greece
  • The Chancelleries of Europe
  • Franz Joseph I
  • Frederick The Great
  • Sam Boyce (Australia)


Reference works[edit]

  • A Dictionary of Modern History, 1789–1945 (1964).
  • A military atlas of the First World War (1975, with Arthur Banks). ISBN 0-3128-7096-5.
  • Who's Who in Shakespeare's England (1981). ISBN 0-3128-7096-5.
  • The Penguin Dictionary of Twentieth Century History (2nd ed., 1983). ISBN 0-1405-1131-8.
  • Penguin Dictionary of Modern History, 1789–1945
  • Quotations in History: A Dictionary of Historical Quotations
  • Who's Who in Modern History
  • An Encyclopaedia of Napoleon's Europe (1984). ISBN 978-0094787001.
  • The Facts on File Dictionary of 20th Century History
  • Dictionary of the British Empire and Commonwealth
  • Who's Who in World Politics
  • A Dictionary of Modern Politics
  • The Chronology of British History


  1. ^ History Study Centre: Retrieved 24 April 2012.; Faber author page: Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Palmer, Alan Warwick". The Times. 8 April 2022. Retrieved 8 April 2022.
  3. ^ "Royal Society of Literature All Fellows". Royal Society of Literature. Archived from the original on 5 March 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2010.

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