John Julius Norwich

British historian (1929-2018)

John Julius Cooper, 2nd Viscount Norwich, CVO (15 September 1929 – 1 June 2018),[1] known as John Julius Norwich, was an English popular historian,[2] travel writer and television personality. He was a member of the House of Lords from January 1952 to November 1999.

In 1964, Norwich left the diplomatic service to become a writer. His books included histories of Sicily under the Normans (1967, 1970), Venice (1977, 1981), Byzantium (1988, 1992, 1995), the Mediterranean (2006), and the Papacy (2011).[3] Norwich worked extensively in radio and television. He was host of the BBC radio panel game My Word! for four years (1978–82) and also a regional contestant on Round Britain Quiz.

Norwich was appointed to the Royal Victorian Order as a Commander[4] in 1992 by the Queen after curating a Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition entitled Sovereign, which marked the 40th anniversary of the Queen's accession.

Norwich died on 1 June 2018 at the age of 88.[5]


  1. John Julius Norwich, writer and television personality – obituary
  2. "John Julius Norwich:'Deep down, I'm shallow. I really am'", The Telegraph, 04 Jun 2008
  3. "John Julius Norwich :: Books Written". Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  4. "Page 2394". The Peerage. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  5. John Julius Norwich, writer and television personality – obituary