Adam Zamoyski

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

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Adam Stefan Zamoyski

(1949-01-11) 11 January 1949 (age 73)
New York City, United States
OccupationHistorian, author
Emma Sergeant
(m. 2001)

Personal lifeEdit

Born in New York City in 1949, Adam Stefan Zamoyski was brought up in England and educated at St Philip's Preparatory School, The Queen's College, Oxford, where he read History and Modern Languages (BA Hons. 1970, MA Hons 1974).

Zamoyski 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), left their homeland when it was invaded by Germany and Russia in 1939. When the Soviets took power at end of World War II, they found themselves stranded in the West, eventually settling in London.[3]

Zamoyski lives in London with his wife, the painter Emma Sergeant.[2] He first visited Poland in the 1960s and now has a second home in an area of great biodiversity near Zamość, where he has planted over a thousand trees and restored a number of traditional wooden cottages.[4]


Zamoyski is a freelance historian and author, with numerous books including his history of Poland, The Polish Way, and Moscow 1812: Napoleon's Fatal March, his account of Napoleon's invasion of Russia in 1812. His biography of Frédéric Chopin, Chopin. Prince of the Romantics, was serialised as the 'Book of the Week' on BBC Radio 4 in 2012.[5] His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages.[2][3]

Zamoyski has lectured across Europe, the US and Australia, as well as featuring in television and radio broadcasts.[5] Various debates in which he has taken part are accessible online.[6]


  • — (1979). Chopin: A Biography. London: Collins. ISBN 0-00-216089-7.[7]
  • — (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.[10]
  • — (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.

Most of Zamoyski's books are available as e-books.

Contributions and other publicationsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Gorgas, Angela (1977). "Count Adam Zamoyski (1949–), Historian". National Portrait Gallery, London. Retrieved 28 December 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Europa Publications (2003). "Adam Zamoyski". International Who's Who of Authors and Writers 2004. Psychology Press. ISBN 9781857431797.
  3. ^ a b Stephens, Richard (2018). "Echoes of the Past". Poland Today. Retrieved 28 December 2020.
  4. ^ "My favourite painting: Adam Zamoyski". Country Life. 29 October 2018. Retrieved 2 October 2021.
  5. ^ a b Zamoyski, Adam (2012). "Chopin: Prince of the Romantics". Book of the Week. BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 28 December 2020.
  6. ^ Zamoyski, Adam (2 December 2004). "Lecture: Napoleon's fatal march on Moscow". University of Bristol.
  7. ^ OCLC 5948326
  8. ^ OCLC 639395617
  9. ^ OCLC 891811930
  10. ^ Telegraph review of Adam Zamoyski's Poland
  11. ^ Adam Zamoyski at The Spectator website.

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