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Roger Lockyer (27 November 1927 – 28 October 2017)[1] was an English historian, academic, and writer. He had been educated at Pembroke College, Cambridge. He was a reader in history at Royal Holloway, University of London for many years, specialising in research and writing on the Tudor (1471-1603) and Stuart (1603-1714) periods.[1]

Major worksEdit

  • Tudor and Stuart Britain, by Roger Lockyer, 3rd edition, London 2004, Pearson.

The first edition of this book, covering the period from 1471-1714, was published in 1964, and a second edition appeared in 1985. This work is considered a standard reference for this period in English history, covering the full range of Tudor and Stuart rulers.

  • James VI and I, by Roger Lockyer, 2nd edition, London 1998, Longman.

James I was the first Stuart king of England.

  • The Early Stuarts: The Political History of England 1603-1642, by Roger Lockyer, London 1999, Longman.
  • Buckingham, the Life and Political Career of George Villiers, First Duke of Buckingham, 1592-1628, by Roger Lockyer, London 1981, Longman.

George Villiers was a favourite of King James I.

Personal lifeEdit

On 21 December 2005, Lockyer entered into a civil partnership with Percy Stevens, his life partner of 39 years, at the registry office in Westminster, London.[2] On 26 June 2014 they were among the first couples to legally convert their civil partnership into a marriage.[3]

He died on 28 October 2017 at the age of 89.[4][1]


  1. ^ a b c Hutton, Alice (4 November 2017). "Obituary: Gay rights pioneer Roger Lockyer". BBC News. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  2. ^ Casciani, Dominic (5 December 2005). "39 years of waiting". BBC News. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
  3. ^ Casciani, Dominic (10 December 2014). "Together nearly 49 years – married at last after civil partnership conversion". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
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