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Alan Warwick Palmer (born 1926) is a British author of historical and biographical books.


Palmer was educated at Bancroft's School, Woodford Green, London, and Oriel College, Oxford. He spent 19 years as senior history teacher at Highgate School before becoming a full-time writer and researcher.[1] His late wife, Veronica Palmer collaborated on several of his books.

Honours and awardsEdit

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1980.[2]



  • Twilight of the Habsburgs: The Life and Times of Emperor Francis Joseph (1997). ISBN 978-0-87113-665-7.
  • A Brief History of Napoleon in Russia
  • Kings and Queens of England
  • Napoleon & Marie Louise: the Emperor's second wife
  • Bernadotte: Napoleon's Marshal, Sweden's King
  • The Life and Times of George IV
  • Metternich (1972)
  • (in German) Metternich. Der Staatsmann Europas (1977; 1986). ISBN 978-3-546-47346-0.
  • Alexander I: Tsar of war and peace
  • The Kaiser: Warlord of the Second Reich (1978). ISBN 978-0-297-77393-1.
  • Bismarck
  • Kemal Atatürk (Makers of the 20th Century)
  • Princes of Wales
  • The Royal House of Greece
  • The Chancelleries of Europe
  • Franz Joseph I
  • Frederick The Great
  • Sam Boyce (Australia)


Reference worksEdit


  1. ^ History Study Centre: Retrieved 24 April 2012.; Faber author page: Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Royal Society of Literature All Fellows". Royal Society of Literature. Archived from the original on 5 March 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2010.