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Adam Stefan ZamoyskiFSA FRSA FRSL (born 11 January 1949) is a British historian and author, descended from an ancient Polish noble family.
Born in New York City in 1949, Adam Stefan Zamoyski was brought up in England, first attending St Philip's Preparatory School in London's South Kensington (1957-1962), then completing his secondary education at the Benedictine Downside School (1962-1966) and graduating from The Queen's College, Oxford, where he read History and Modern Languages (1967-1970). He went on to gain an M.A. Honours degree in 1974.
Zamoyski first visited Poland in the 1960s. He has dual Polish-British nationality and speaks English, Polish, French, Italian and Russian.
His parents, Count Stefan Zamoyski (1904-1976) and Princess Elizabeth Czartoryska (1905-1989), married in 1929 in Go?uchów, Poland, but left their homeland in 1939 soon after its invasion by Germany and Russia. When the Soviets gained control of the country at the end of World War II, they found themselves stranded in the West, eventually settling in London.
Zamoyski lives in London with his wife, the eminent painter Emma Sergeant, whom he married in 2001. They also spend much time in their second home near Zamo in south-eastern Poland, the city founded by his forefathers in the 1500s and retaining much of its Renaissance character, designed by the outstanding Italian architect of the time, Bernardo Morando.
As a landowner in Poland, Zamoyski is active in preserving the natural habitat within an area of great biodiversity. He has planted thousands of trees and restored a number of traditional wooden country cottages there.
Zamoyski is a freelance historian and author of over a dozen books, including two major best-sellers, his history of Poland, The Polish Way, and his account of Napoleon's invasion of Russia in 1812.
Zamoyski's books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. His history of Poland has brought knowledge of that country to millions and is deemed the benchmark handbook on the subject for any diplomat, businessman, or cultural tourist travelling there.
Zamoyski has lectured widely in Europe, the USA and Australia, as well as making regular television and radio appearances. Various debates in which he has taken part are accessible online.
His biography of Chopin, Chopin. Prince of the Romantics, was serialised as the 'Book of the Week' on BBC Radio 4 in 2012.
— (1980). Chopin: A Biography. London: Collins.
— (1981). The Battle for the Marchlands. A history of the 1920 Polish-Soviet War. Boulder: East European Monographs.
— (1982). Paderewski. A Biography. London: Collins.
— (1987). The Polish Way: A Thousand-Year History of the Poles and Their Culture. London: John Murray.
— (1992). The Last King of Poland. London: Jonathan Cape.
— (1995). The Forgotten Few: The Polish Air Force in the Second World War. London: John Murray.
Member of the Advisory Board of ClientEarth Poland, striving to protect the environment through advocacy, litigation and research, since 2012.
Zamoyski has been instrumental in the recovery and repatriation of a number of art treasures looted from Polish museums by the Nazis during the war.
As a member of the Polish Association of the Sovereign Military and Hospitaller Order of Malta since 1977 and its Hospitaller (1981-1997), Zamoyski organised and led 21 pilgrimages for handicapped people to Lourdes and international summer camps for young handicapped in Poland.
In 1980 he formed the Committee for Aid to Hospitals in Poland, collecting funds and medical supplies in Britain and delivering them to hard-pressed hospitals in Poland.
In 1991 Zamoyski established the Foundation of St John of Jerusalem (Fundacja ?w Jana Jerozolimskiego) in Warsaw, the first charitable organ of the Order of Malta in Poland, dedicated to helping the handicapped and the poor.
He was also a member of the Board of Management at the Kolbe House Residential Care Home for the Elderly in London from 1986 to 2010.
Order of Polonia Restituta, 1982 (for social work), Officer 1997 (for propagating Polish history and culture), Commander 2007 (in recognition of the part played in bringing down Communist rule in Poland)