Adam Zamoyski
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Adam Zamoyski

Adam Zamoyski
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Born (1949-01-11) 11 January 1949 (age 72)
New York City, United States
Occupationhistorian, author
Emma Sergeant

Adam Stefan Zamoyski FSA FRSA FRSL (born 11 January 1949) is a British historian and author.[1][2]

Personal life

Born in New York City in 1949, Adam Stefan Zamoyski was brought up in England, first attending St Philip's Preparatory School in South Kensington, London (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.[3][4]

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.[4]

Zamoyski lives in London with his wife, the painter Emma Sergeant, whom he married in 2001.[2]


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.[2][4]

Zamoyski has lectured widely in Europe, the USA and Australia, as well as making regular television and radio appearances.[5] Various debates in which he has taken part are accessible online.[6]

Zamoyski's 2010 book, Chopin. Prince of the Romantics, was serialised as the 'Book of the Week' on BBC Radio 4 in 2012.[5] In The Guardian, Guy Dammann reviewed the biography of Chopin, whom George Sand nicknamed "Chip-Chip". According to Dammann, "Chopin has always been a largely mythical creature. Child prodigy, divinely inspired improviser, poetic genius [...] During his lifetime, his person was thought to partake of something otherworldly; during ours, his grave remains a place of pilgrimage and veneration." Dammann writes that Zamoyski's attempt to demystify Chopin is not wholly successful: while dispassionately chronicling Chopin's human frailty and the Polish influences on his music, the book is still described as a "romantic biography [...] the journey towards death as the apotheosis of genius."[7]


  • — (1979). Chopin: A Biography. London: Collins. ISBN 0002160897.[8]
  • — (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.
  • — (1999). Holy Madness: Romantics, Patriots and Revolutionaries 1776-1871. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson.
  • — (2001). Poland: A Traveller's Gazetteer. London: John Murray.
  • — (2001). The Czartoryski Museum. London: Azimuth Editions.
  • — (2004). Moscow 1812: Napoleon's Fatal March on Moscow. New York: HarperCollins.
  • — (2007). Rites of Peace, The fall of Napoleon & the Congress of Vienna. London: HarperCollins.
  • — (2008). Warsaw 1920 - Lenin's Failed Conquest of Europe. London: HarperCollins.
  • — (2009). Poland: A History. London: HarperPress.[11]
  • — (2014). Phantom Terror: The Threat of Revolution and the Repression of Liberty 1789-1848. London: William Collins.
  • — (2018). Napoleon. The Man Behind the Myth. London: William Collins.

Selected publications

See also


  1. ^ Gorgas, Angela (1977). "Count Adam Zamoyski (1949-), Historian". National Portrait Gallery, London. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Europa Publications (2003). "Adam Zamyski". International Who's Who of Authors and Writers 2004. Psychology Press. ISBN 9781857431797.
  3. ^ Roberts, Andrew, ed. (2010). What Might Have Been?: Leading Historians on Twelve 'What Ifs' of History. Hachette UK. ISBN 9780297864486. Notes on contributors
  4. ^ a b c Stephens, Richard (2018). "Echoes of the Past". Poland Today. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ a b Zamoyski, Adam (2012). "Chopin: Prince of the Romantics". Book of the Week. BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 2020.
  6. ^ Zamoyski, Adam (2 December 2004). "Lecture: Napoleon's fatal march on Moscow". University of Bristol.
  7. ^ Dammann, Guy (27 March 2011). "Chopin: Prince of the Romantics by Adam Zamoyski - review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2021.
  8. ^ OCLC 5948326
  9. ^ OCLC 639395617
  10. ^ OCLC 891811930
  11. ^ Telegraph review of Adam Zamoyski's Poland
  12. ^ Adam Zamoyski at The Spectator website.

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