Frank McLynn

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Francis James McLynn FRHistS FRGS (born 29 August 1941), known as Frank McLynn, is a British author, biographer, historian and journalist. He is noted for critically acclaimed biographies of Napoleon Bonaparte, Robert Louis Stevenson, Carl Jung, Richard Francis Burton and Henry Morton Stanley.

McLynn was educated at Wadham College, Oxford[1] and the University of London.[2] He was Alistair Horne Research Fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford (1987–88) and was visiting professor in the Department of Literature at the University of Strathclyde (1996–2001)[3] and professorial fellow at Goldsmiths College London (2000–2002)[4] before becoming a full-time writer.



  • France and the Jacobite Rising of 1745 (1981), Edinburgh University Press
  • The Jacobite Army in England, 1745–46 (1983), John Donald Publishers Ltd
  • The Jacobites (1985), Law Book Co of Australasia
  • Invasion: From the Armada to Hitler (1987), Routledge
  • Charles Edward Stuart: A Tragedy in Many Acts (1988)
  • Crime and Punishment in Eighteenth Century England (1989), Routledge
  • Stanley: The Making of an African Explorer, 1841–1877 (1990), Scarborough House Publishers
  • From the Sierras to the Pampas: Richard Burton’s Travels in the Americas, 1860–69 (1991), Trafalgar Square
  • Stanley: Sorcerer's Apprentice (1992), Oxford University Press
  • Snow upon the Desert: The Life of Sir Richard Burton (1993), John Murray Publishers Ltd
  • Hearts of Darkness: The European Exploration of Africa (1993), Carroll & Graf Pub
  • Famous Letters: Messages & Thoughts That Shaped Our World (1993), Reader's Digest Association
  • Fitzroy MacLean (1993), John Murray Publishers Ltd
  • Robert Louis Stevenson: A Biography (1994), Random House
  • Famous Trials: Cases That Made History (1995), Readers Digest
  • Napoleon: A Biography (1997), Arcade Publishing
  • Carl Gustav Jung: A Biography (1997), Thomas Dunne Books
  • 1066: The Year of the Three Battles (1998), Jonathan Cape, Reissued by Pimlico, ISBN 9780712666725
  • Villa and Zapata: A History of the Mexican Revolution (2000), Basic Books
  • Wagons West: The Epic Story of America's Overland Trails (2002), Grove Press
  • 1759: The Year Britain Became Master of the World (2005), Atlantic Monthly Press, ISBN 9780871138811
  • Lionheart and Lackland: King Richard, King John and the Wars of Conquest (2006), Jonathan Cape
    • Published in the US as Richard and John: Kings at War (2007), Da Capo Press
  • Marcus Aurelius: Warrior, Philosopher, Emperor (2009), Bodley Head, ISBN 9780306819162
  • Heroes and Villains: Inside the Minds of the Greatest Warriors in History (2009), Pegasus
  • The Burma Campaign: Disaster Into Triumph 1942–45 (2010), Bodley Head, Issued by Yale University Press in 2011, ISBN 9780300187441
  • Captain Cook: Master of the Seas (2011), Yale University Press, ISBN 9780300114218
  • The Road Not Taken: How Britain Narrowly Missed a Revolution, 1381–1926 (2012), Random House
  • Genghis Khan: The Man Who Conquered the World (2015), Bodley Head, ISBN 9780224072908

As editor[edit]

  • Of No Country: An Anthology of the Works of Sir Richard Burton (1990), London: Scribners

Criticism and reviews[edit]

Captain Cook : master of the seas (2011)[edit]

  • Etherington, Norman (September 2011). "History warrior : the world's greatest sea explorer versus the academics". Australian Book Review. 334: 11–12.

Awards and accolades[edit]


  1. ^ "Random House Books". Archived from the original on 23 June 2008. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  2. ^ McLynn, Frank (20 February 1988). The Jacobites. Routledge & Kegan Paul. ISBN 9780415002677 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Frank McLynn, "Villa and Zapata: A History of the Mexican Revolution", Back cover bio, [1]
  4. ^ "Royal Literary Fund". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  5. ^ "January Magazine". Archived from the original on 3 January 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Midlothian, Our Library". Archived from the original on 20 August 2011. Retrieved 20 February 2019.