Philip Ziegler was educated at Eton and New College, Oxford. A former member of the diplomatic service, he has written biographies of King William IV, Lord Melbourne, Lady Diana Cooper, Lord Mountbatten, King Edward VIII, Harold Wilson, and Osbert Sitwell. His most recent book is Legacy: Cecil Rhodes, the Rhodes Trust and Rhodes Scholarships. He is at work on the official biography of Prime Minister Edward Heath. Mr. Ziegler lives with his wife in Kensington, London.
"A welcome and much needed synthesis. . . . Ziegler writes in a
precise and judicious style...illuminating his readers with the
full impact of the plague."--Choice
"As exciting and readable an account as you could wish."--The Guardian
"Fascinating ... There's nothing like reading about people being entombed to put your own problems in perspective."--Bill Bryson
"The clarity and restraint on every page produce a most potent cumulative effect."--Michael Foot, Evening Standard