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John Brooke (born 4 May 1920) is a British historian.[1] He studied history at the Victoria University of Manchester under Lewis Namier and, in 1951, became Namier's principal assistant for the History of Parliament.[2] When Namier died in 1960, Brooke succeeded him as editor of the section dealing with 1754 to 1790.[3] From 1964 he was Senior Editor of the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts. He was co-author with Namier of a biography of Charles Townshend, and author of The Chatham Administration, a study of politics in the early years of George III's reign. He was also the author of a leading biography of King George III, published in 1972.


  • The Chatham Administration 1766–1768, 1956.
  • The House of Commons, 1754–1790, 1966, 1964, edited by John Brooke & Sir Lewis Namier.
  • King George III, 1972. First published by Constable (London) in 1972 with a foreword by HRH Prince of Wales.
  • Joint author with Sir Lewis Namier on biography of Charles Townshend (1964).


  1. ^ Adrian Gaster (1977). The international authors and writers who's who. International Biographical Centre. p. 130. ISBN 090033245X.
  2. ^ Schneider, Axel and Wolf, David, editors. The Oxford History of Historical Writing: Volume 5: Historical Writing Since 1945. Oxford University Press, 2011
  3. ^ Louis, Wm Roger; Eliot, Simon; Louis, W Roger, editors. History of Oxford University Press: Volume III: 1896 to 1970. Oxford University Press, 2013

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