Sarah Bradford

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Sarah Mary Malet Bradford, Viscountess Bangor (née Hayes; 3 September 1938)[1] is an English author, best known for her royal biographies.

Early life and education[edit]

Bradford was born in Bournemouth in 1938, the daughter of daughter of Brigadier Hilary Anthony Hayes DSO OBE.[2][3] She was educated at St. Mary's Convent, Shaftesbury, Dorset. She won a State scholarship to Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford, but met Anthony Bradford, a real estate developer, at Oxford, and abandoned her degree to marry him.[3] The couple lived in Barbados, Lisbon, 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.

Writing career[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.[3] She is fluent in four languages[which?][citation needed] and has travelled extensively.[vague] The couple live in London. Bradford was interviewed in connection with the 1994 edition of the PBS video, "The Windsors: A Royal Family," and assisted with the screenwriting for The Borgias (2011 TV series). In 2012, she was working on a biography of Queen Victoria.[3]

Her books have been translated into at least ten languages.[4]


  • 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.[4]
  • America's Queen: The Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (2000) According to WorldCat, the book is in over 1650 libraries.[5]
  • 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.[6]
  • Queen Elizabeth II: Her Life in Our Times, published by Penguin, London, 2011, ISBN 978-0-670-91911-6

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 September 2014. p. 41. 
  2. ^ Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. ISBN 0-9711966-2-1. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Sarah Bradford: perhaps I got it wrong about the Duke of Edinburgh, but he does like to flirt". Telegraph. 3 December 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  4. ^ a b WorldCat book page WorldCat author page
  5. ^ "WorldCat book page". 11 April 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  6. ^ WorldCat book page

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