Saul David

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Saul David
Julian Saul David

EducationAmpleforth College
Alma mater

Professor Julian Saul David (born 1966) is a British academic military historian and broadcaster. He is best known for his work on the Indian Rebellion of 1857 and the Anglo-Zulu War, as well as for presenting and appearing in documentaries on British television covering imperial and military themes.

Of Armenian ancestry through his father and originally named Davidian,[1] David was born in Monmouth, Monmouthshire, Wales, and was educated at various local schools in Herefordshire and Monmouthshire before studying for his A-levels at Ampleforth College.[2] He studied for an MA in history at Edinburgh University for which he was awarded a 2-1, and read for his PhD at the University of Glasgow.[2][3] He was Visiting Professor of Military History at the University of Hull for 2007 - 2008.[4] In 2009 he was appointed professor of Military History at the University of Buckingham and has since been directing the institution's MA programme.[5]

David's books include The Indian Mutiny, which was shortlisted for the Duke of Westminster's Medal for Military Literature,[3] Military Blunders, Zulu: the Heroism and Tragedy of the Zulu War of 1879 (a Waterstone's Military History Book of the Year[6]) and Zulu and Victoria’s Wars. He has presented and appeared in a number of BBC programmes, including Zulu: The True Story, Time Commanders, The Greatest Knight (2008) and Bullets, Boots and Bandages: How to really win at war (2012).[7][8]


Non fiction[edit]

  • David, Saul (1997). The Homicidal Earl: Life of Lord Cardigan. New York: Little, Brown & Company. ISBN 978-0-316-64165-4.
  • —— (1998). Military Blunders: The How and Why of Military Failure. New York: Carroll & Graf. ISBN 978-0-7867-0504-7.
  • —— (1999). Prince of Pleasure: The Prince of Wales and the Making of the Regency. Boston, MA: Atlantic Monthly Press. ISBN 978-0-87113-739-5.
  • —— (2003). The Indian Mutiny: 1857. London: Penguin. ISBN 978-0-14-100554-6.
  • —— (2004). Zulu: The Heroism and Tragedy of the Zulu War. London: Penguin. ISBN 978-0-670-91474-6.
  • —— (2004). Churchill's Sacrifice of the Highland Division: France 1940. London: Brassey's (UK) Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85753-378-1.
  • —— (2005). Mutiny at Salerno: An Injustice Exposed. London: Conway Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84486-019-7.
  • —— (2007). Victoria's Wars: The Rise of Empire. London: Penguin. ISBN 978-0-14-100555-3.
  • —— (2013). 100 Days to Victory: How the Great War Was Fought and Won.
  • —— (2015). Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport. London: Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 978-1-44476-251-8.



  1. ^ Josh Weiss, Historian Saul David Discusses Israel’s Famous Entebbe Operation And How He Tracked Down A German Fugitive, The New York Blueprint, 03/15/2018
  2. ^ a b Sale, Jonathan (12 June 2008). "Passed/Failed: An education in the life of Saul David, historian and broadcaster". The Independent. London. Retrieved 28 July 2008.
  3. ^ a b "Saul David profile on Penguin Books". Retrieved 28 July 2008.
  4. ^ "Academic staff profiles at". Retrieved 28 July 2008.
  5. ^ "MA Military History". The University of Buckingham. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  6. ^ "BBC History, Zulu: The True Story". Retrieved 28 July 2008.
  7. ^ Saul David at
  8. ^ Raeside, Julia; Stubbs, David; Catterall, Ali; Mueller, Andrew; Wright, Jonathan; O'Neill, Phelim (1 February 2012). "TV highlights 02/02/2012". The Guardian. London: 1 February 2012. Retrieved 6 February 2012.

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