Piers Brendon FRSL (born 21 December 1940) is a British writer, known for historical and biographical works. He was educated at Shrewsbury School and Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he read history. He earned a Ph.D. degree with his thesis, Hurrell Froude and the Oxford Movement, which was published, with much modification, in 1974.
|Alma mater||Magdalene College|
From 1965 to 1978, he was lecturer in history, then principal lecturer and head of department, at what is now Anglia Ruskin University. From 1979 onwards he has worked as a freelance writer of books, journalism and for television.
From 1995 he has been a fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge and was keeper of the Churchill Archives Centre from 1995 to 2001, taking over from Correlli Barnett. He was succeeded by Allen Packwood.
- Hurrell Froude and the Oxford Movement (1974)
- Hawker of Morwenstow - Portrait of a Victorian Eccentric (1975)
- A Quest of the Sangraal, Cornish Ballads & Other Poems (1975; Robert Stephen Hawker, editor)
- Eminent Edwardians (1979; ISBN 0-395-29195-X)
- The Life and Death of the Press Barons (1983)
- Winston Churchill: A Brief Life (1984)
- Ike - the Life and Times of Dwight D. Eisenhower (1986)
- Our Own Dear Queen (1986)
- Thomas Cook - 150 Years of Popular Tourism (1991)
- The Age of Reform 1820–1850 (1994)
- The Motoring Century: Story of the Royal Automobile Club (1997)
- The Dark Valley: A Panorama of the 1930s (2000; ISBN 0-375-70808-1)
- The Windsors - A Dynasty Revealed 1917–2000, with Phillip Whitehead (2000: ISBN 0712667970. Original 1994; ISBN 978-0340610138)
- The Decline and Fall of the British Empire (2007; ISBN 978-0-307-26829-7)
- Eminent Elizabethans (2013, Penguin Books, ISBN 978-0-099-53263-7)
- "Allen Packwood". Churchill College. Retrieved February 14, 2017.
- The Papers of Piers Brendon at Janus website, University of Cambridge
- Piers Brendon on IMDb