Derek Wilson graduated from Cambridge in 1961. He spent several years traveling and teaching in Africa before becoming a full-time writer and broadcaster. His bestselling and award-winning books include Rothschild: A Story of Wealth and Power, Hans Holbein: Portrait of an Unknown Man, and Tudor Tapestry: Men, Women and Society in Reformation England. He has also written and presented numerous radio and television programs. Wilson is married and lives in Devon, England.
Praise for Derek Wilson's Charlemagne "Wilson interrelates the personal and political. . . with an effectiveness that few other biographers have matched." --The Sunday Telegraph (London)"Fast-paced. . . . Wilson deftly chronicles Charlemagne's military exploits, political intrigues and religious devotion." --Publishers Weekly"Masterful and lively. . . . [Wilson] writes with great conviction and a breathtaking attention to the kind of personal detail that makes his books such compelling reading." --Alison Weir, author of The Six Wives of Henry VIII "Brilliant. . . . An utterly captivating and exquisitely written narrative about the rise and fall of the Carolingian empire. . . . Charlemagne is also a timely and provocative essay about the idea of Europe." --Donald Yerxa, editor at Historically Speaking