Sarah Bradford

For the American author and teacher, see Sarah Hopkins Bradford.

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

Early life and education

Sarah Bradford was born Sarah Hayes in Bournemouth in 1938.[2] She was educated at St. Mary's Convent, Shaftesbury, Dorset. She won a State scholarship to Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford.

Family, early career

She met Anthony Bradford, a real estate developer, at Oxford, and abandoned her degree to marry him.[2] The couple lived in Barbados, Portugal, 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.

Historian, screenwriter

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.[2] She is fluent in four languages and has travelled extensively. The couple live in London. Bradford assisted with the screenwriting for The Borgias (2011 TV series). She is working on a new biography of Queen Victoria.[2]

Major works

One or more of her books have been translated into each of the following languages: French, Dutch, Italian, Russian, Czech, German, Turkish, Spanish, Finnish, and Japanese.[3]


Other books


  1. "Birthdays". The Guardian. Guardian News & Media. 3 September 2014. p. 41.
  2. 1 2 3 4 "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.
  3. 1 2 WorldCat book page WorldCat author page
  4. "WorldCat book page". 11 April 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2012.
  5. WorldCat book page

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