About the Author

Simon Sebag Montefiore is a bestselling historian and author, whose book have been published in forty languages. He was born in 1965 and read history at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University, where he received his Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD). Catherine the Great and Potemkin was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson, Duff Cooper, and Marsh Biography Prizes. Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar won the History Book of the Year Prize at the British Book Awards. Young Stalin won the Costa Biography Award (UK), the LA Times Book Prize for Biography (US), Le Grand Prix de la Biographie Politique (France) and the Kreisky Prize for Political Literature (Austria). Jerusalem: The Biography won the Jewish Book of the Year Prize, from the Jewish Book Council (USA). His new history, The Romanovs, 1613–1918, is due to be published in January 2016 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson (and by Knopf in May 2016).

He is also the author of the acclaimed novels Sashenka and One Night in Winter (published in Dutch under the title Serafima and in French as La Cercle Poushkine).

Dr Montefiore has written and presented BBC television series on the history of the Holy Cities of Jerusalem, Rome and Istanbul. His new series on Spain is due to be aired on BBC4 in December 2015. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Visiting Professor of Humanities at the University of Buckingham, he lives in London with his wife, the novelist Santa Montefiore, and their two children. Dr Montefiore regularly lectures around the world on history, Russia and the Middle East, and on subjects such as leadership and revolution. Below are links to some of his recent articles:

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